STD’s: Trichomoniasis

This sexually transmitted infection is usually spread by a microscopic one-celled parasite called the trichomonas vaginalis. The parasite usually infects the urinary tract of men and the vagina of the women.

But this infection often remains silent for a long time before it calls for attention. When trichomoniasis causes symptoms it can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation of the genitals. Symptoms of trichomoniasis:

In women itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals, discomfort during urination, and vaginal discharge with an unusual smell are seen.

In men, the symptoms can be that of itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or discharge from the penis.

In general, the infection can kill the appetite for sex and without treatment it can last for months or even years.

How to Prevent Trichomoniasis

If you’ve had trichomoniasis and it’s been treated, you won’t be immune to the infection and could get it again. Like any sexually transmitted infection (STI), the best way to prevent trichomoniasis is to have safe sex. This means always using a condom.

The following measures will help protect you from Trichomoniasis and most other STIs, including Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. They’ll also help prevent you passing it on to your partner:

  • Use condoms (male or female) every time you have vaginal or anal sex
  • If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom or the female genitals with a latex or polyurethane square (a dam)
  • If you’re a woman and rub your vulva against your female partner’s vulva, one of you should cover your genitals with a dam
  • Avoid sharing sex toys – if you do share them, wash them or cover them with a new condom before anyone else uses them ALSO READ: STD’s Gonorrhea

If you’ve been diagnosed with Trichomoniasis, make sure both you and your partner are treated, and that any sex toys you’ve used are cleaned.

Diagnosis and treatment

Symptoms alone would not give your doctor an accurate diagnosis of the condition. A lab test of swabs taken from the genitals of both the men and women might be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. The infection can be treated with a single dose of antibiotic but is recurrent in nature.

One in five people treated for the condition has a chance of getting this infection back. So if symptoms persist even after treatment it is wise to pay a visit to the doctor again.

For more challenging issue on this, please do talk with your DOCTOR!

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