How is Trichomoniasis diagnosed?

Trichomoniasis is diagnosed in a combination of ways:

  • Pelvic Exam. Red sores are generally visible on the cervix or walls of the vagina.
  • Sample Test. A fluid sample from the penis or vagina can be examined under the microscope for the presence of the parasite or sent to a lab for evaluation.

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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.