How do you get Trichomoniasis/How can you get Trichomoniasis? Trich Causes:
Trich is caused by the single-cell protozoan parasite trichomonas vaginalis. The vagina is the most common site of infection in women (resulting in small open sores on the vaginal wall), and the urethra is the most common site of infection in men.
The parasite is contracted via direct genital fluid contact and can be transmitted through penis to vagina intercourse or vulva to vulva contact with an infected partner.
Trichomonas lives in warm and damp environments like the vagina, urethra, or bladder. It is usually sexually transmitted, but is occasionally spread by sharing damp towels, washclothes, or bathing suits.
How to tell if you have Trich? Trichomoniasis Symptoms:
Most men do not have apparent symptoms; however, some men may temporarily have:
- irritation inside the penis
- mild discharge
- slight burning after urination or ejaculation
In women, symptoms may include:
- frothy yellow-green discharge with a strong odor
- discomfort during intercourse and urination
- irritation and itching of the genital area
- lower abdominal pain (rarely)
How to know if you have Trich? Trichomonisasis Tests:
Diagnosis can be confirmed by looking at a sample of vaginal discharge or with newer tests that use rapid antigen detection and NAAT methods. The newer tests are more accurate.
Relief spells (Rolaids?!) Trichomoniasis Treatment:
Trich is usually cured by prescription drugs.
What’s going to happen to me?!!?! Trichomoniasis Expectations:
While one round of antibiotics usually cures an infection, sometimes a second round is needed.
Things to be aware of… Trichomoniasis Complications:
One can continue to infect and reinfect a partner until Trich has been successfully treated. Having Trich increases susceptibility to HIV, and may also increase the chance that an HIV infected person will pass HIV to their partner(s).
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