Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)

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TV is a curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a protozoon called Trichomonas vaginalis, or ‘TV’. Protozoa are tiny germs similar to bacteria.

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Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)

What is Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

Trichomonas vaginalis is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a tiny parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV) that infects the vagina and female urethra or the male urethra (the pipe you wee from).

How could I get TV?

TV can be spread by having unprotected sex – vulva to vulva or penis to vagina with a person who is infected. It can also be spread by sharing sex toys if you don’t wash them adequately or if you haven’t covered them with a new condom before each use or if sharing. Anyone who is sexually active can catch the infection and pass it on.

How can I avoid getting TV?

Using a condom and covering any sex toys you use with a condom, and washing sex toys after use is the best way to stop the infection from spreading from one person to another.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can take up a month to show and in some show no symptoms. If symptoms do develop they will usually present as:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge that may be thick, thin or frothy and yellow-green in colour
  • Noticing more discharge than normal, which may also have an unpleasant “fishy” smell
  • Uncomfortable symptoms around the vagina such as soreness, persistent itching and swelling, you might also notice some itching on the inner thighs.
  • Pain when weeing.
  • Needing to wee more frequently than usual.
  • Discharge from the penis that is usually thin and white.
  • Redness, swelling and soreness around the head of the penis or foreskin

How do I get tested for T V?

You will require a physical examination at one of our nurse led sexual health clinics. The doctor or nurse may need to take a swab from either the vagina or penis, or it may be tested for from a urine sample.

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How is it treated?

Trichomonas can be easily treated with antibiotics. If you are diagnosed with TV, it’s important that your sexual partner(s) are also tested.

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