- Trichomoniasis is often called " Trich " (abbreviated form).
- It is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite (worm).
- It often has no symptoms.
- Fortunately, it can be easily treated!
- Condoms reduce your risk of infection.
Trich is easily passed between sex partners. You can catch it and infect others through sexual intercourse.
Although symptoms of the disease vary, most women and men who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected.
Symptoms in women may include:
- Frothy or soap lather-like discharge which is often has an unpleasant smell.
- Bloody discharge.
- Itching in and around the vagina.
- Swelling in the groin.
- The urge to urinate frequently — often with pain and a feeling of hotness when urinating.
Men rarely have symptoms. But when they do have symptoms, they may have:
- Discharge from the urethra.
- The urge to urinate frequently — often with pain and a burning sensation.
There are several ways to help prevent getting Trich or spreading it to other people:
- You can abstain from sexual intercourse.
- If you choose to have sexual intercourse, use female condoms or male condoms every time.
If you are already infected with Trichomoniasis, you must:
- Inform your sex partner(s) of the infection as soon as possible.
- Have no sex until treatment is complete.
- Be sure your sex partner(s) is/are tested and completely treated before having sex again to avoid getting re-infected.
- Once you are cured and start having sex again, use female or latex condoms every time you have intercourse!
Yes, there is treatment for Trichomoniasis. Both you and your partner can be successfully treated with prescription medicine. Visit a clinic to be tested and treated! Remember - like all medicines, you must take the entire amount that your doctor gave you for treatment, even after your symptoms have gone away!
Keep in mind that you may become infected again if your partner is not treated. If you have more than one sexual partner, each partner (and their partners) should be treated, too.
Use condoms and avoid coming into contact with certain fluids — semen, vaginal lubrication or discharge, and menstrual flow — during treatment.
A health care provider can do tests to see if you have Trichomoniasis, even when you do not have any symptoms.
If you are a woman, your health care provider will give you a pelvic exam to take a sample of your vaginal discharge.
If you're a man, your healthcare provider will take a swab of your urethra to get a sample of the discharge.
The provider will then examine the discharge using a microscope to make a diagnosis. If you test positive to Trichomoniasis, do not delay treatment.