Trichomoniasis – (Trich)

What is trichomoniasis?

Commonly known as trich (pronounced trick), this is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) found in penile and/or vaginal secretions. It is highly unlikely that the infection is spread to the mouth or rectum. It is caused by a protozoan parasite that is easily passed during sexual intercourse. Having trich increases the risk of catching other STDs including HIV due to the inflammation caused in the genital area. Trich can be easily treated with a prescription medication from a medical provider.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Burning with urination
  • Pain with ejaculation
  • Discharge from penis or vagina (clear, white, yellow or green)
  • Pain or discomfort with intercourse
  • Itching or irritation

When to see a provider:

If you feel that you have symptoms or have had a known exposure to an infected partner, call to schedule an appointment with a provider as soon as possible for testing and treatment. Females should schedule an appointment in the Women’s Health Clinic if symptoms are present so that a pelvic exam can be completed. Males should schedule an appointment in the Medical Clinic. Sexual partners should also be treated to prevent reinfection.

Prevention:

  • Abstinence from ALL sexual activity (Oral, vaginal, anal) is the only 100% way to prevent an STD. STD’s are spread by contact of skin, blood or body fluids.
  • Condom usage during all sexual encounters for the entire duration of genital contact will reduce the spread of a STD. Condoms are available for men and women as well as dental dams for oral sex.
  • Refrain from using drugs and/or alcohol in sexual situations.

 

Reference Sites: