Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
A parasite passes between people during sex.
Your risk may be higher if you:
You may not always have symptoms. Symptoms appear in women more often than men. If you do have them:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, and sexual and health history. Your doctor will check the pelvic area for signs of infection.
A lab will check the samples for the parasite.
Antibiotics treat the infection. You should not have sex until you stop treatment and your symptoms are gone.
Part of care involves talking to your sexual partners. They may need healthcare even if they don’t have symptoms.
To lower your chances of STIs:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sex & U—The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
The Sex Information & Education Council of Canada
2015 Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/default.htm. January 25, 2017. Accessed May 8, 2018.
Sexually transmitted diseases. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases. Accessed May 8, 2018.
Trichomoniasis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/STDFact-Trichomoniasis.htm. Updated April 28, 2015. Accessed May 8, 2018.
Trichomoniasis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116226/Trichomoniasis. Updated April 24, 2018. Accessed May 8, 2018.
Last reviewed May 2018 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP Last Updated: 5/11/2018