TRICHOMONIASIS (TRICH)

 
Cross Street Medical Clinic offers all relevant STD/STI screening tests and treatments. Speak to our doctors today about what you may need. Female doctors are available by appointment. We ensure patient privacy and confidentiality for all discussions, tests and treatments.

 
 
 
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What is Trichomoniasis (Trich)

Trichomoniasis (Trich) is a sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI) caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.


 
 

How do we contract Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease and is spread through vaginal sex.About 70% of infected people do not have any symptoms and infections can be present for months to years without symptoms. However, infected people without symptoms are still infectious and can spread infection during sex.Infection is more common in women than in men. It can spread between female sexual partners.

How can we tell that we may have Trichomoniasis

About 30% of infected people have symptoms, ranging from mild irritation to severe discomfort. Symptoms may develop 5 to 28 days after being infected or much later. Symptoms may come and go.

Men may experience the following:

• Itching or irritation inside urethra
• Pain and swelling of the scrotum
• Pain or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
• Thin white discharge from the penis

Women may experience the following:

• Itching, burning, redness or soreness of the vulva and/or vagina
• Pain or discomfort when urinating or having sex
• A clear, white, yellowish or greenish vaginal discharge with a bad odor

Testing for Trichomoniasis

Direct examination under microscopy and/or DNA Probe Screen using:

• For men, urine samples, which are sent to a laboratory for tests
• For women, vaginal swabs, which are sent to a laboratory for tests

Cross Street Medical offers all relevant screening tests for Trich. Speak to our doctors about what you may need. Female doctors are available by appointment. We ensure patient privacy and confidentiality for all discussions, tests and treatments.

What does Trichomoniasis do to our bodies

Trichomoniasis does not normally cause serious complications.However, untreated Trichomoniasis may:

• Increase the risk of premature deliveries and low birth weight babies in pregnant women
• Increase the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV

What is the treatment for Trichomoniasis

Antibiotic treatment is given as oral tablets. It is not uncommon for Trichomoniasis to recur within 3 months after treatment.
Therefore, it is necessary to treat sexual partners to prevent re-infection.

For positive cases, other sexually transmitted diseases/infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, and HIV should be tested.

Cross Street Medical offers all relevant treatments for Trichomoniasis. Speak to our doctors about what you may need. Female doctors are available by appointment.

How do we prevent infection and re-infection?

  • Avoiding high risk sex, including commercial sex workers, casual sex and multiple sex partners
  • Always using condoms. Take note that the parasite can infect areas that are not covered by a condom – so condoms will reduce risk but may not fully protect you from getting trichomoniasis.
  • Being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a partner who has tested negative for HIV and other STD/STI.