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Trichomoniasis or Trich

{Tricko-mo-nye-ah-ses}

Also Known as:

Trich

Trick

Trich no Treat

Trichy in my dicky

Trichomoniasis is passed through unprotected vaginal (frontal) sexual contact. The infection is most commonly found in the vagina in women and the urethra in men.

How do I get it?

Trichomoniasis is a common STI passed along during sexual intercourse.

Prevention

There are some simple steps you can take to help prevent the spread of trich. Not only are you looking after your own health and safety, but the health and safety of your partners and future partners as well:

  • Maintain open and honest communication with a partner. It’s ok to ask your partner about his or her sexual health.
  • Wear a condom. If you’re not sure about a partner’s sexual health or your own, an internal or external condom is a must. While wearing an internal or external condom is good, it may not protect you entirely from trichomoniasis.
  • Limit the number of sexual partners you have.
  • Get tested regularly.
  • To avoid catching trich, use condoms for oral, vaginal and anal sex.

 

Symptoms

Often people do not notice any symptoms. When there are symptoms, they usually start within 4 to 28 days after getting the infection. In some cases, it can take months for symptoms to appear.

Common symptoms in people with a vulva can include:

  • Vaginal itching with redness
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Discomfort when peeing
  • People with a penis often do not have symptoms. If there are symptoms, they may include a burning feeling while peeing, fluid from the penis or redness at the end of the penis.

 

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Treatment

Antibiotics pack a wallop when it comes to treating trich. It generally takes a full week for the antibiotics to cure your body.

Your partner(s) also needs to be tested and treated even if there are no symptoms. You can get re-infected if you have unprotected sex with your partner before he or she is treated.

Complications

Expectant mothers with trichomoniasis often have their babies early (preterm) at a low birth weight.

If left untreated — even without symptoms — you can still pass along trich. What’s worse, having it makes you more prone to getting other STIs like HIV. What more, is complications can develop such as PID in women and conditions that contribute to infertility in men.

 

Tests and Diagnosis

To find out if you have trichomonas, you will need to get tested.  For people who have a vagina testing is done with a swab. Usually you will get tested for other STIs at the same time. Ask your health care provider to also test for syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV.

 

When can I have sex again?

It takes about a week for the antibiotics to rid your system of trichomoniasis. It’s not the worst STI on the planet, but it still sucks, so be sure you’ve got a clean bill of health before you get back to the fun stuff.

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What to expect when
getting tested

Get comfortable with the process.

  • What to bring
    to your
    appointment
  • What will
    you be
    asked?
  • What the
    tests
    involve

What to bring
to your
appointment

Your name and contact details and questions about your sexual history.

  • A form of ID (driver's license, passport)
  • Your health care card

What will
you be
asked?

Questions about your recent sexual history.

When you last had sex, whether it was unprotected, what kind of symptoms you have...

What the
tests
involve

A few different potential tests involve procedures that aren’t a huge deal.

Pelvic exams, swab tests, blood tests and or urine tests

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