Trichomoniasis

The facts:

Trichomoniasis (TRICK o man Ni a sis) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Both men and women can get trichomoniasis.

Many people who have this don’t know it.  The infection often has no symptoms.  Women are more likely than men to have symptoms.

You can pass trichomoniasis to others without knowing it.

Trichomoniasis is easy to treat and cure.

How do you Get it?

You can get trichomoniasis by having vaginal sex with someone who has it.

Women usually get the infection in the vagina.

Men usually get the infection in the urethra (urine canal).

Women can get the disease from infected men or women.  Men usually get it only from infected women.

What are the symptoms?

Many people with trichomoniasis don’t know they have it because they have no symptoms.  Symptoms usually appear 5-28 days after exposure.

If you are a woman you might notice these symptoms:

  • An unusual discharge, with a strong smell, from your vagina.
  • Discomfort when you urinate and when you have sex
  • Irritation or itching around your genitals.

If you are a man:  Most men who have this don’t have any symptoms, but you might notice:

  •  An irritation or burning feeling inside your penis.
  • A discharge from your penis.

How do I find out if I have it?

  •  A doctor must examine you and test for the parasite that causes trichomoniasis.
  •  The disease is harder to diagnose in men than in women.

When should I be tested?

  • If you have any of the symptoms
  • If your partner has trichomoniasis or symptoms that might be trichomoniasis.

Can I get trichomoniasis if I’ve already been treated?

Yes, you can get trichomoniasis again.  You can get it from an untreated sex partner or from a new sex partner.

 What happens if I don’t get treated?

If you are a woman:

  •  You have a higher risk of getting HIV infection if you have unprotected sex with an HIV infected person.
  • You have a higher chance of passing HIV to your partner.
  • If you are pregnant, you’re more likely to give birth prematurely.  Your baby is more likely to be underweight (less than 5 pounds at birth),.

If you are a man:

  •  Trichomoniasis can cause infections in the urethra (urine canal) or prostate gland.
  • Your symptoms may not go away.
  • You can re-infect your partner or pass trichomoniasis to your partner.

 If I have trichomoniasis what does that mean for my partner?

  •  Your partner may have the infection too.
  • Be sure to tell your recent partners, so they can get treated.
  • Avoid having sex until you’ve both finished your treatment, so you don’t re-infect each other.

How can I lower my risk for trichomoniasis?

  •  The surest way to prevent trichomoniasis is not to have sex or to have sex only with someone who’s not infected and how has sex only with you.
  • Condoms can reduce your risk of getting trichomoniasis if used the right way every single time you have sex.
  • Stop having sex and see a doctor right away if you notice any unusual discharge or you feel burning when you pass urine.
  • Washing the genitals, urinating, or douching after sex will NOT prevent any STD.

How is trichomoniasis treated?

  •  Trichomoniasis can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
  •  Finish all your medicine to be sure you are cured.
  •  Do not share your medicine with anyone.  You need all of it.
  •  If you still have symptoms after treatment, go back to see your doctor.

A message for everyone:

If you have trichomoniasis, you should be tested for other STDs.  Be sure to tell your recent sex partners, so they can get tested too.  Talk openly and honestly with your partner about trichomoniasis and other STDs.

For more information:

  •  Talk to your doctor.
  •  Call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
  • Visit www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas.                                         

Contact Information

Student Wellness Center
North Shepler, Room 101
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
Ph (580)581-6725
Fax (580)581-6733
Director Jill Melrose
jmelrose@cameron.edu
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