Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a Sexually Transmitted Disease caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis. It affects women more than men especially the older women get it more. Mostly African-American women more than white or Hispanic women suffer from this infection. Trichomoniasis can easily be cured. If you have trichomoniasis you are at a higher risk of contracting the HIV virus and developing AIDS.

Symptoms of Trichomoniasis

 

The signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis is so unnoticeable that people mistake the symptoms or something else. Trichomoniasis can infect both men and women. Trichomoniasis infection affects several organs causing serious health problems.

Symptoms of Trichomoniasis in men

  • Pain after ejaculating
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Itching or irritation inside the penis
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Soreness in the genitals
  • Discharge from the urethra

 

Symptoms of Trichomoniasis in women

  • Genital redness or swelling
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals
  • Itching around the vagina
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding even when not on period

 

Testing

Trichomonas is tested via a urethral swab or urine samples for men and usually requires a sample of discharge, requiring a pelvic exam for women.

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