What is of Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease that is easy to cure.
The infection often has no symptoms although women are more likely than men to get symptoms. You may notice an unusual genital discharge.
Pregnant women with Trichomoniasis can deliver premature, low birth weight babies.
- Discomfort with intercourse
- Vaginal discharge (thin, greenish-yellow, frothy or foamy)
- Vaginal itching
- Vulvar itching or swelling of the labia
- Vaginal odor (foul or strong smell)
How is Trichomoniasis tested?
The test is used to diagnose an infection with Trichomonas vaginalis. In women, small red sores may be visible on the walls of the vagina or cervix during a pelvic exam. The secretions from the vagina or urethra that are collected on a swab can be examined under a microscope (called a wet prep), tested with a special molecular assays test to detect the presence of the parasite.
Samples can be obtained during a routine gynecologic examination that includes a Pap smear.
How is Trichomoniasis treated?
Trichomoniasis usually can be cured with these antibiotics: Metronidazole, or Tinidazole. These drugs usually are given by mouth in a single dose. If you are allergic to the medicines normally used, your doctor might suggest topical medicines, which are medicines applied to the skin. But the topical medicines don’t work as well and may not cure you. They might, however, ease the symptoms.
People being treated for Trichomoniasis should not have sex until they and their sex partners completed their treatment and have no symptoms.