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