What is Trichomonas Vaginalis?
Trichomonas Vaginalis is a small parasite, found worldwide, especially in the areas where sexual education is low, causing the STD commonly known as Trichomoniasis.
This parasite can live inside the male or female urethra and can become active during sexual behavior. In other environments, outside the human body, the parasite can live up to a couple of hours. Transmitting the disease by other means other than intercourse is very rare.
How is the infection transmitted?
Trihomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection, so it is transmitted from one partner to the other.
In women, the parasite usually affects the vagina, urethra, the urinary bladder and the cervix. In men, the infection develops in the urethra or foreskin (for those uncircumcised). Also, the infection can be transmitted from the mother to the fetus while delivery.
Who is affected by Trichomonas Vaginalis ?
Anyone can be affected. Sexually active females of age between 16 and 35 are most exposed to the risk. Pregnant women that are infected tent to have premature birth and a low body weight child.
What are the symptoms?
According to expert studies, 50% of women and 90% of men that are infected have no symptoms. In general, the symptoms occur in the first week after exposure although there are cases in which the symptoms occur in 6 months after exposure.
How to prevent the infection?
It is recommended to use a condom in case of a new sexual partner or if you are aware that the person is diagnosed with this kind of infection.
How to find out if you have Trichomoniasis?
The rapid test for Trichomoniasis is the fastest solution. You can use it easily in the comfort of your home and it provides a fast and precise diagnosis.
How does the test work?
By examining a urine sample, you have the result in a few minutes with 99% precision.
What is the treatment?
Trichomoniasis is treated by oral administration antiprotozoal medication. Being a STD, both partners must be treated simultaneously in order to increase the healing and to decrease the chances of a reinfection. During the treatment and one week after it is recommended to avoid sexual intercourse. The practitioner can offer the best advice. The good news is that a new treatment won’t be necessary. Once the parasite is gone, the reinfection will take place only if there is an unprotected sexual intercourse with a person that has the parasite.
The symptoms in females can be:
- Green-yellow abnormal vaginal discharge, abundant
- Unpleasant smell
- Pain while sexual intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Sore while urinating
The symptoms in males can be:
- Abnormal penile discharge
- Sore while urinating and after
- Rash and redness of the tip of the penis