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Trichomoniasis Vaginalis


A very common parasitic sexually transmitted infection

What symptoms should I look out for?

• Most people with trichomoniasis don’t have any symptoms and they might therefore not even know they have it.
• The most common symptom it does cause is vaginitis (when your vulva or vagina is irritated).
• It can also infect your urethra (the tube you pee out of).

Symptoms of vaginitis include:
• Green, yellow, gray, frothy, and/or bad-smelling vaginal discharge
• Blood in your vaginal discharge
• Itching and irritation in and around your vagina
• Swelling around your genitals
• Pain during sex

How is it spread?

• It is often spread through vaginal sex
• It’s also spread by vulva-to-vulva contact, sharing sex toys, and touching your own or your partner’s genitals if you have infected fluids on your hand.
• It can infect the vulva, vagina, penis and urethra
• It usually doesn’t infect the mouth or anus
• It cannot be spread through casual contact such as kissing. hugging, sharing food and drinks, coughing or sneezing.

How do I prevent it?

• The only full proof way of preventing trichomoniasis is abstaining from sex - but if that’s not your cup of tea..
• Condoms are your friends!
• Avoid sharing sex toys

How is it treated?

Trichomoniasis is usually quite easy to treat with a short course of antibiotics:
• Your nurse or doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection — either metronidazole or tinidazole
• You usually only have to take one dose of medicine, meaning you take all the medicine at one time.
• It is important for your partner to get tested and treated as well!

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