by Rick Alan
Trichomoniasis is a common sexually-transmitted disease. It often affects the lower genital tract in women and inside of the penis in men. Trichomoniasis is treated with antibiotics.
Trichomoniasis is caused by a specific parasite. The parasite is passed through sexual contact. It mainly affects genital tissue.
Factors that may increase your chance of trichomoniasis include:
Trichomoniasis does not always cause symptoms. Men are less likely to have symptoms than women.
Symptoms in women may include:
Symptoms in men may include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Vaginal fluid or discharge will be examined from women. Urine, semen, or penis discharge will be examined from men. The samples can be sent to a lab to confirm trichomoniasis.
Trichomoniasis is can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic may be given in a single dose or for a week long course.
Trichomonisasis is easily passed back and forth between sexual partners. Your partner(s) should also be treated, even if symptoms are not present. An infected person can infect their sexual partners even if they do not have symptoms.
For best results:
To help prevent STDs like trichomoniasis:
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
STD hotline: 1-800-227-8922
Sex Information and Education Council of Canada
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
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Last reviewed May 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 5/16/2013