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Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis Parasitic Infection

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Updated July 14, 2014

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Trichomoniasis (trich) facts
Trichomoniasis a parasitic infection which infects the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) in men and the vagina and urethra in women. More common in women than men Trichomoniasis infects 7.4 million people each year. The parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis, is sexually transmitted by;

  • Oral and anal sex

  • Penis and vaginal intercourse

  • Vulva-to-vulva (the genital area outside the vagina) following contact with an infected person.

  • Men usually get Trichomoniasis from infected women. Women can get the disease from infected men or women.

  • Trichomoniasis is most commonly transmitted during vaginal

  • Trichomoniasis can very occasionally be transmitted by sharing sex toys, damp towels or after hot tubs.

    Symptoms, Trichomoniasis and men
    Approximately half of people infected with Trichomoniasis experience no symptoms. Symptoms usually appear 4 to 20 days after infection. Symptoms in men are rarer but can include;

  • Pale white discharge from the penis

  • Pain when urinating

  • Difficulty and discomfort with urination

  • Discomfort during sex.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Trichomoniasis
    Diagnosis of Trichomoniasis is made following a swab and urine test. A course of antibiotics will cure Trichomoniasis.

    You must avoid all sexual contact until you have been given the all-clear and will need to get your sexual partner or partners checked and treated for this sexually transmitted disease.

    Because Trichomoniasis often occurs with other STDs, people are screened for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and sometimes for HIV as well.

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