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Trichomoniasis and Sex will start in
Although Trichomoniasis is curable, it can have a number of unpleasant symptoms. To learn more about trichomoniasis and sex, watch our video.
Description: Did you know that Trichomoniasis affects millions of people every year in the United States? Check out our video and find out more about this infection.
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Trichomoniasis vaginitis, more commonly known as “trich,” is a curable, sexually transmitted infection which affects 7 million Americans annually. While both men and women can catch Trichomoniasis, women are infected with more frequency. Trichomoniasis is caused by the passing of a single-celled, microscopic parasite called trichomonas vaginalis. The parasite is transmitted most frequently through sexual contact, either via heterosexual intercourse, or by women who have sex with women. On rare occasions, Trichomoniasis, which can live outside the body for up to 45 minutes, may be passed through shared towels. When a man contracts Trichomoniasis, he will usually be asymptomatic and unaware. If symptoms ARE present, he may experience painful urination or whitish discharge from the penis. Women are symptomatic about 80 percent of the time, but this still means that one in five will have NO symptoms. Female Trichomoniasis may manifest as discomfort during intercourse, vaginal itching, and a pus-like, malodorous discharge that may be yellow or green. If a woman has symptoms of Trichomoniasis, or suspects she may have been exposed to the parasite, she should see her doctor for a pelvic examination and additional STD testing. Tests for Trichomoniasis may include a vaginal swab that is sent to a lab for diagnosis, or a ‘wet prep,’ which is a swab that is examined under a microscope in a doctor’s office for immediate diagnosis. If the test is positive, it’s very important to receive treatment. This is because genital inflammation can increase a woman’s susceptibility to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It also increases the likelihood that an HIV-infected woman will pass the virus on. In addition, some studies have shown that the trichomonas vaginalis protozoan may be linked to infertility in both genders. These consequences can generally be avoided if Trichomoniasis is diagnosed early and treated with the prescription drug metronidazole, which is marketed as Flagyl, or with the recently-approved drug Tindamax. It’s important not to consume alcohol during the 24 hours after Flagyl treatment, or the 72 hours following Tindamax treatment. In the case of pregnant women with symptomatic Trichomoniasis, an alternate medication, called clotrimazole, may be inserted into the vagina to decrease discomfort. Following diagnosis, a patient’s partner should also be treated to ensure that the disease isn’t passed back and forth. During treatment, and until symptoms abate, sex should be avoided. In addition, both partners should be tested for other STDs, because co-infection can often occur. Of course, it is much preferred to prevent Trichomoniasis all together. As with all sexually transmitted infections, the surest way to do this is to abstain from all sexual contact. People who ARE sexually active may also use a male latex condom to reduce the likelihood of spreading Trichomoniasis vaginitis. Trichomoniasis affects 200 million people worldwide each year! Therefore, it’s important to talk to your doctor and your partner about appropriate testing and safer sexual practices.