Trichomoniasis

TrichomonoasisWhat is it?

  • Trich is considered the most common curable STD.
  • An estimated 3.7 million people in the US have it.
  • 70% of those infected, do not exhibit any symptoms.
  • Trich is more common in women than men.
  • Trich is caused by a protozoan parasite.
  • An infection of Trich can increase the risk of getting other STDs.

​How do you get it?

  • The Trich parasite is transmitted during sex from a penis to a vagina, or from a vagina to a penis, or from a vagina to another vagina.
  • Even if you exhibit no symptoms, you can still pass the parasite to others.
  • The only way to know if you have Trich is to get tested.
  • However even though you have previously treated a Trich infection, you can become infected again.

Symptoms

  • 70% of people infected do not exhibit any symptoms.
  • If symptoms do appear, the range from a mild irritation of the genitals to severe inflammation of the genitals.

If left untreated…

  • Increases the risk of becoming infected and transmitting other STDs, including HIV.
  • Pregnant women with Trich are likely to deliver their babies prematurely, that means the give birth too early.

Treatment & Prevention

  • Trich is treated with a single dose of prescribed antibiotics.
  • The only 100% way to prevent Trich is by abstaining from all kinds of sex, this includes oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
  • However if you choose to engage in sex use male or female condoms for vaginal and anal sex and dental dams or male condoms for oral sex-for the whole time, every single time.
  • If you are sexually active you should reduce your number of sex partners.