October 14, 2022

What is Trichomoniasis?

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What is Trichomoniasis?

About 70% of individuals with trichomoniasis do not have any signs or symptoms. Trichomoniasis also known as “Trich” is a sexual transmitted disease that is caused by a parasite. Symptoms often occur within 5 to 28 days after being infected.


This infection can spread through sexual intercourse and is commonly found in the lower genital tract area among women. This includes the cervix, vagina, vulva, and urethra. It cannot spread through casual contact such as hugging, coughing, sneezing, sitting on toilets, kissing, etc.


Symptoms in women are:

  • Clear, whitem, greenish, or yellowish vaginal discharge (thin discharge or increase volume) along with a fishy odor
  • Itching
  • Buring
  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Pain with urination or sex
  • Discomfort over the lower stomach

Treatment and Prevention

Trichomoniasis can be treated with antibiotics which are Tinidazole and Metronidazole. Prevention of trichomoniasis includes:

  • Regular testing
  • Using condoms
  • Limiting amount of sexual partners

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-Written by Karen Manalac


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What is trichomoniasis? & how do you get it? (n.d.). Retrieved September 26, 2022, from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/trichomoniasis

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