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Trichomoniasis Symptoms

Trichomoniasis (commonly referred to as “Trich”) is caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. It is the most common curable STD with 3.7 million people infected in the United States. Of those 3.7 million, only about 30% present any symptoms. Trichomoniasis is transmitted through penis-vaginal intercourse between men and women or vulva-to-vulva contact between women. It is rarely transmitted between men.

Common Symptoms of Trichomoniasis

In a majority of cases, trichomoniasis presents no symptoms. If symptoms are present they can be very mild and may not appear for 5 to 28 days after intercourse. While symptoms are more likely to occur in women, men can also experience some symptoms of the infection.

Symptoms in Women

  • Thin discharge that can be clear, white, yellowish, or greenish in color
  • Foul or unusual vaginal odor
  • Burning or itching around the genitals
  • Redness or soreness around the genitals
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Discomfort during urination

Symptoms in Men

  • Itching or discomfort inside the penis
  • Burning after urination or ejaculation
  • Discharge from the penis

Health Complications

If left untreated, trichomoniasis can increase the risk of being infected with other STDs because it causes inflammation of the genitals. Trichomoniasis can also cause complications in pregnant women, including preterm delivery and low birth weight.

However, trichomoniasis is easily curable with antibiotics. Trichomoniasis cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone, so you will need to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.

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Last updated on September 10th, 2016

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