Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trichomoniasis Symptoms and Treatment

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Category: STDs

Trichomoniasis is the most common curable sexually transmitted disease (STD) among sexually active women. An estimated 7.4 million new cases occur each year in both women and men, although symptoms are more common in women.

The disease is caused by a parasite and is usually transmitted through

penis-to-vagina, or vulva-to-vulva sexual intercourse. Women can acquire the disease from infected men or women, but men usually contract it only from infected women.

Trichomoniasis also facilitates the spread of HIV because the genital inflammation caused by it can increase a woman’s susceptibility to infection if she is exposed to the virus. Having trichomoniasis may also increase the chances of an HIV-infected woman passing the virus to her sexual partners.

Trichomoniasis Symptoms

Trichomoniasis Symptoms usually appear in women within 5 to 28 days of exposure:

  • A frothy, yellow-green vaginal discharge with a strong odor
  • Pain during intercourse and urination
  • Irritation and itching of the female genital area
  • In rare cases, lower abdominal pain

Trichomoniasis Treatment

The prescription drug, metronidazole (also called Flagyl), can be given by mouth in a single dose and cures the symptoms of trichomoniasis within a few weeks. It can also be treated with a related drug, tinidazole.

Topical medicines can also be used for those with allergies to metronidazole or Flaygyl, but they are less effective and may not cure you.

Both partners should be treated at the same time to eliminate the parasite and avoid the chance of one partner re-infecting the other, and couples being treated for trichomoniasis should avoid sexual contact until they complete treatment and have no symptoms.

Note that having trichomoniasis once does not prevent you from getting it again. Even after successful treatment, people are still susceptible to re-infection.


Alt: trichomoniasis, trichomonisis, trichamoniasis, trichomaniasis

Comments

11 Responses to “Trichomoniasis Symptoms and Treatment”
  1. Lisa says:

    CAN YOU CONTRACT THIS STD ALSO FROM USING SOMEONE ELSES TOWEL OVER AND OVER AGAIN AFTER YOU AND YOUR PARTNER HAS HAD SEX SEVERAL TIMES AND BOTH WIPED OFF WITH IT CONSTANTLY…..

  2. Health Editor says:

    According to the National Women’s Health Information Center, trichomoniasis is sexually transmitted through penis-to-vagina intercourse or vulva-to-vulva contact with an infected partner. The vulva is the genital area outside the vagina. Women can get the disease from infected men or women.

    While trichomoniasis is usually passed sexually, it may be picked up from contact with damp or moist objects such as towels, wet clothing, or a toilet seat, if the genital area gets in contact with these damp or moist objects, though this is more rare than sexual contact transmission.

  3. Black and Beautiful says:

    If you have Trichomoniasis and you don’t get it treated will it go away or will it just get worse?

  4. Health Editor says:

    For treatment information, it is best to consult your doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control: “Trichomoniasis can usually be cured with the prescription drug, metronidazole, given by mouth in a single dose. The symptoms of trichomoniasis in infected men may disappear within a few weeks without treatment. However, an infected man, even a man who has never had symptoms or whose symptoms have stopped, can continue to infect or re-infect a female partner until he has been treated. Therefore, both partners should be treated at the same time to eliminate the parasite. Persons being treated for trichomoniasis should avoid sex until they and their sex partners complete treatment and have no symptoms. Metronidazole can be used by pregnant women.

    Having trichomoniasis once does not protect a person from getting it again. Following successful treatment, people can still be susceptible to re-infection.”

  5. S. SMITH says:

    I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THIS BUT MY PARTNER WASNT IS THAT COMMON? I NEVER HAD SEX WITH ANYONE ELSE

  6. Health Editor says:

    It is not common. According to the CDC, however, the parasite is harder to detect in men than in women. Note that a person diagnosed with trichomoniasis (or any other STD) should receive treatment and should notify all recent sex partners so that they can see a health care provider and be treated. This reduces the risk that the sex partners will develop complications from trichomoniasis and reduces the risk that the person with trichomoniasis will become re-infected. Sex should be stopped until the person with trichomoniasis and all of his or her recent partners complete treatment for trichomoniasis and have no symptoms.

  7. Keaona says:

    If a female has contracted trichmoniasis more than once, can if prevent her from having childern or make conceiving
    difficult?

  8. sylvia says:

    I would like to know what are the symptoms for men if the have it because i just found out that i have this but i am being treated for it now please help me know

  9. amber says:

    i have not been sexually active with another person in some time now and i went to the doctor the other day and he prescribed metronidazole for me to take twice a day for seven days does this mean i have this sexually transmitted disease

  10. johnny says:

    what are the symptons for the male

  11. shanette says:

    I’m pregnant and i just found out from my doctor that i have trichomoniasis and i got treated for that. So would i have to worry about this problem again.