Trichomonas Vaginalis

What is trichomonas vaginalis?

Trichomonas vaginalis is an infection that is typically passed on through sexual intercourse, by a pregnant mother to her baby and some other forms of sexual contact. It is an infection caused by minuscule bloodsucking parasites that can be found in the urethra and vagina.

Symptoms of trichomonas vaginalis

Symptoms can appear anything from three to twenty-one days after infection. For men, symptoms include a white secretion from the penis and discomfort when urinating. For women, typical symptoms include a secretion from the vagina, discomfort when urinating and irritation around the vagina.

What treatment is available for trichomonas vaginalis?

Tests include urine testing, the use of a swab to get a sample from the infected area, a general assessment and an internal examination for women. Treatment includes antibiotics, and it is best to have your partner tested. Antibiotics prescribed may affect the performance of the contraceptive pill and patch.

If you leave it…

This infection will not go away on its own, but will not lead to any serious


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