PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET
What is Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a common and persistent protozoan infection of the genitourinary tract, caused by the organism Trichomonas vaginalis
How is Trichomoniasis spread?
Trichomoniasis is spread during oral, anal or vaginal sex with someone who is infected.
How is it treated?
Prescription medications may be prescribed by a medical provider. It is very important to:
- Contact your health care provider.
- Take all medicines as prescribed.
- Stop all sexual activity until treatment is completed.
- Inform all sex partners.
Trichomoniasis and encourage them to be tested and treated.
How can we prevent Trichomoniasis?
- Don’t have sex or at least limit your number of sexual partners. The more people you have sex with, the greater the chance of getting an STD.
- If you choose to have sex, be prepared. Have condoms with a water-based lubricant on hand and use a new condom every time you have sex.
- Have regular exams if you are sexually active. If you think you have an STD, get tested and ask your partner(s) to get tested as soon as possible.
SYMPTOMS OF TRICHOMONIASIS
- Yellow-green vaginal discharge in women
- Men may have discharge from their penis
- Discomfort during urination
- Irritation or itching around the vagina