Evaluation of health disparity in bacterial vaginosis and the implications for HIV-1 acquisition in African American women


There is a health disparity for both bacterial vaginosis (BV) and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in African American women that may be linked. The evidence that BV predisposes women to higher risk for HIV infection is well documented. The underlying mechanisms to support the epidemiological connections will require further investigations. This review explores the risk factors for BV disease with implications for HIV-1 acquisition in the context of race as a potential driver of the 20-fold increase in HIV-1 acquisition for African American women compared to white women. Specifically, it explores (i) disparities for BV in African American women, (ii) racial disparity for HIV-1 acquisition in African American women, (iii) common factors associated with BV and HIV acquisition in African American women, and (iv) potential mechanisms of the enhancement of HIV-1 transmission by BV.


Alcendor DJ.




  • Epidemiology and Determinants of Health
    • Epidemiology
  • Determinants of Health
    • Housing
    • Income
    • Stigma/discrimination
  • Population(s)
    • Women
    • Ethnoracial communities
  • Mental Health
    • Other
  • Co-infections
    • Other
  • Co-morbidities
    • Other


Abstract/Full paper

Email 1 selected articles

Email 1 selected articles

Error! The email wasn't sent. Please try again.

Your email has been sent!