Symptoms appear 1-3 weeks after infection.

Most men do not have symptoms, if they do, the symptoms can include:

  • Thin, white discharge
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Painful urination
  • Pain during intercourse

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Women are much more likely to have symptoms, though some do not. Female symptoms include:

  • Itching and irritation of the genital area
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Sexual discomfort
  • Vaginal discharge that is thick and either gray or yellowish-green

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Upon recognizing one is suffering from any of the above symptoms, seek medical advice as soon as possible from a specialist STD clinic or from a family doctor. This is necessary to rule out any other forms of STDs and due to the fact that Trichomoniasis has been indicated as facilitating the spread of HIV. A diagnosis is made by the doctor or nurse taking a swab, which is then sent off to a laboratory for testing. As symptoms often go unnoticed or are not present, there is a very high risk of passing the infection on, making it even more crucial to always have protected sex, in order to reduce the risk of picking up an STD.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Trichomoniasis is easily treated with antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Parasitic. Trichomoniasis is caused by the parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. A single dose of Metronidazole.

Recovery Time

Less than 1 week. May require several days after treatment.

Can I have sex?

No. It is recommended that you cease sexual activity until you and your partner are successfully treated.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. If you have unprotected sex with an infected partner, you will likely be re-infected.