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How is trichomoniasis spread?
What are the signs and symptoms of infection?
How long after infection do symptoms occur?
is trichomoniasis diagnosed?
How is trichomoniasis treated?
Can trichomoniasis be prevented?
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What is trichomonas?
Trichomonas vaginalis is a microscopic parasite found
worldwide. Infection with Trichomonas is called trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis is one of the most common sexually
transmitted diseases, mainly affecting sexually active women. In North
America, it is estimated that more than 8 million new cases are reported
How is trichomoniasis spread? (top)
Trichomoniasis is spread through sexual activity.
Infection is more common in women who have had multiple sexual partners.
A common misbelief is that infection can be spread by a
toilet seat; this isn't likely, since the parasite cannot live long in
the environment or on objects.
What are the
signs and symptoms of infection? (top)
Signs and symptoms of infection range from having no
symptoms (asymptomatic) to very symptomatic. Typical symptoms include
foul smelling or frothy green discharge from the vagina, vaginal itching
or redness. Other symptoms can include painful sexual intercourse, lower
abdominal discomfort, and the urge to urinate.
Most men with this infection do not have symptoms. When
symptoms are present, they most commonly are discharge from the urethra,
the urge to urinate, and a burning sensation with urination.
How long after
infection do symptoms occur? (top)
The normal incubation period is 4-28 days. The onset of
symptoms such as vaginal or vulval pruritus and discharge is often
sudden and occurs during or after menstruation as a result of the
increased vaginal acidity.
is infection diagnosed? (top)
Your health care provider will perform a pelvic exam to
collect vaginal samples for examination. Diagnosis is most commonly made
by viewing the parasite under a microscope. Culturing for the parasite
is the best way to diagnose infection; results may take 3-7 days.
Diagnosis is made by collecting specimens from the
urethra. No diagnostic test is 100% accurate; mistakes can be
made. Your health care provider may order additional testing to confirm
How is trichomoniasis treated? (top)
Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic for you and all
sexual partners you have had since becoming infected. If all current
sexual partners are not treated, it is possible to become re-infected.
Can trichomoniasis be
Yes. Below are guidelines;
• Abstain from sexual
• Use a latex condom properly, every time you have sexual
intercourse, with every partner.
• Limit your sexual partners. The more sex partners you
have, the greater your risk of encountering someone who has this or
If you are infected, your sexual partner (s) should be
treated. This will prevent you from getting re-infected.
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