In our previous articles we have covered STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) like chlamydia, herpes and syphilis. In this article we will be looking at yet another type of STD, Trichomoniasis, that is very common but, thankfully, also curable.
What is Trichomoniasis and what are its symptoms?
Trichomoniasis is a STD that is caused by a parasite that can easily be transferred from one person to another during sexual intercourse. In women, Trichomoniasis results in an inflammation of the vagina known as vaginitis. Symptoms could also include vaginal discharge, perhaps foamy, that is gray, yellow or green in color. The discharge may have a bad odor and leave the vagina feeling very itchy.
It is also possible that women with Trichomoniasis have no symptoms.
In men, the majority of Trichomoniasis cases have no symptoms. There maybe a temporary feeling of irritation inside the penis or a slight burning feeling when peeing.
Trichomoniasis symptoms usually appear within a month from exposure to the infection. Like a lot of other STD types, Trichomoniasis can increase a person’s risk of contracting HIV and, in pregnant women, it can lead to pre-mature birth. A case of Trichomoniasis can be accompanied by other STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea so your doctor will have to test you for more than just Trichomoniasis.
Prevention is the best cure but if abstinence from sex isn’t possible, latex condoms should always be used during sexual intercourse. It is always better to prevent an infection than it is to treat it.
If you have had unprotected sex and think you might have been at risk of contracting Trichomoniasis, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to check for the infection and any other STD. Your doctor will check the secretions from your penis or vagina for traces of the infection. Antibiotics are used to treat Trichomoniasis and its imperative that you notify your sexual partners of your infection so they can get tested too.
While you are getting treated for Trichomoniasis or any other STD, you should abstain from sex to prevent the infection from spreading to other people. Even if you wear a condom in a subsequent intercourse, you are putting the other person at risk as conditions arising from Trichomoniasis and especially STDs that produce sores and rashes can increase the risk of transferring the infection.
For more advice on Trichomoniasis and other STDs, as well as treatment options, visit us at the MedHelp clinic.