What Is It?
Trichomonas is an infection caused by a microscopic parasite found in the vagina and urethra in women. Trichomonas is not a serious condition but as it is often diagnosed with gonorrhea it can be a warning signal for more serious infection
How Is It Passed On?
It is passed on through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, when sharing sex toys, direct skin to skin contact with someone who has syphilis sores or rashes, or from a mother to her unborn child.
What Are The Symptoms?
- A change in vaginal discharge (increase, become thinner, frothy or change in smell)
- Inflammation, soreness or itching in or around the vagina
- Pain when passing urine
- Pain when having sex
How Is It Treated?
A visit to a GUM clinic. Usually a swab is taken from the urethra, vagina. A sample of urine may be taken. If Trichomonas is diagnosed it is easily treated with antibiotics. To avoid re-infection sexual partners should also be treated.
Remember treatment in a STI clinic is confidential, non-judgmental and free. Staff in the clinic are trained to treat STIs in an understanding and helpful way so there is no need for you to feel embarrassed.