Infections

Trichomoniasis

What is Trichomoniasis?

Trichomonas vaginalis [TV] is a sexually transmitted infection by a parasite.

How is Trichomoniasis spread?

It is spread from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex. During sex the parasite is transmitted from a penis to a vagina or from a vagina to a penis. It can also be spread from a vagina to a vagina.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Trichomoniasis?

70% of infected people do not have any symptoms. When trichomoniasis does cause symptoms, they can range from mild to severe.

In women

  • vaginal discharge can be yellow, thin, frothy
  • vaginal irritation
  • painful sex
  • pain on passing urine

In men

  • itching
  • irritation inside the penis
  • burning after urination or ejaculation
  • discharge from the penis

Are there any Complications?

Pregnant women with TV are most likely to have their babies’ early and low birth weight.

How is Trichomoniasis tested?

A simple urine test.

What is the treatment for Trichomoniasis?

Antibiotics – a single dose.