What is trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis (or trich) is a common STD that is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomoniasis is a disease that can affect both men and women. Trichomoniasis is considered the most common curable STD.

How is trichomoniasis spread?

Trichomoniasis can be spread via oral, anal, and vaginal sexual intercourse. In women, the most commonly infected part of the body is the lower genital tract, and for men it is the urethra. The parasite can be passed from penis to vagina, from vagina to penis, or from vagina to vagina.

Am I at risk for trichomoniasis?

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for trichomoniasis.

What are symptoms of trichomoniasis?

It is important to note that 70% of people infected with trichomoniasis do not show signs or symptoms. While this may lead some to believe that they do not have the disease, these individuals are still carriers of the parasite and can spread it to someone who will show symptoms.

If left untreated, trichomoniasis can lead to complications during pregnancy. Expectant women are more likely to give birth too early, and newborns are more likely to have low birth weight.

Trichomoniasis can also increase the chances of infection of HIV.

Male Symptoms Female Symptoms
Itching or irritation inside the penis Itching, burning, redness, or soreness of the genitals
Burning after urination or ejaculation Discomfort with urination
Discharge from the penis Thin discharge with an unusual smell

What is the testing window for trichomoniasis?

The testing window for trichomoniasis is 5-7 days.