Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite. It is a very common STI and causes few problems.
What is it?
You usually get a trichomonas vaginalis infection through sexual contact. The parasite is transmitted when discharge, pre-cum or semen comes into contact with the mucus membranes of the genitals.
Men usually have no symptoms
Women often have no symptoms
|Inflamed glans, red and irritated skin||Inflamed vagina, red and irritated skin|
|Urination can be painful||Urination can be painful|
|Men sometimes have an inflamed urethra and discharge from the urethra||Unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge, sometimes green in colour and frothy|
Have I got it?
Men usually do not notice trichomoniasis. Women are more likely to have symptoms. These occur a few days to a few weeks after infection. Trichomoniasis rarely leads to complications. The parasite sometimes causes problems during pregnancy (including premature birth).
How do I get rid of it?
The infection usually clears spontaneously in men. Women are prescribed pills. Their sexual partners should also be treated, even if they have no symptoms. Otherwise the STI will be passed on again and again. Trichomoniasis is diagnosed through a smear test.