What is Trichomonas?
Trichomonas, also called Trichomoniasis or Trich, is a very common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. It’s caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis, giving it the name trichomonas. It is also one of the most curable STDs.
While trichomonas is curable, all STDs should be taken seriously for their long term effects. Women are more susceptible to this STD than men and show symptoms more easily than men. You are more likely to be exposed to HIV if you are positive for trichomoniasis, so you want to speak with your doctor if you are showing any symptoms.
You may be questioning what exactly trichomonas is, how one gets this STD, and what the symptoms are. We are here to give you all the information to help you best understand this infection.
How You Get Trichomonas
Trichomonas is a parasite that travels from one person to another during all forms of sexual intercourse: penis to vagina, vagina to penis, penis to penis, or vagina to vagina. However, it is uncertain why the parasite is less likely to infect the oral cavity or anus.
Symptoms of trichomonas
Many people who are infected with trichomonas have no symptoms. However, when people do show symptoms (often times women more so than men), they can range from mild to more severe. Symptoms can vary for men and women which we list below.
Symptoms in Women:
Discomfort while urinating
Itching, burning, and soreness of the genital region
Pain during sexual inercourse
Symptoms in Men:
Discomfort while urinating or ejaculating
Irritation and itching inside the penis
Pain during sexual intercourse
These symptoms are common to many different STDs, so it is important to also be tested for other STD’s. This can be done with a SelfCollect STD Panel.
Treatment for trichomonas
Treatment is two different pills taken orally. These pills are often either tinidazole or metronidazole. However, it is important to be retested for trichomonas 3-5 months after infection. If you are infected and taking medication, be sure to wait 7-10 days before engaging in sexual intercourse and be sure that your partner(s) is tested and treated as well.
Never be afraid to speak with your partner(s) before engaging in sexual intercourse about using a condom, dental dam, or asking the last time they were tested. You want to be sure you are making informed decisions for your own health and safety. If you have any symptoms you should consider a trichomonas test. You can order a self testing kit from us today. Collect in the privacy of your own home and receive your results privately online.