Trichomoniasis is caused by a tiny parasite called trichomonas vaginalis (TV).
Trichomoniasis is usually spread by having unprotected sex, although it could also be spread by sharing sex toys.
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Symptoms usually develop within a month of infection, although up to half of all infected people have no symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
You can get tested at an axess sexual health clinic, or by your GP.
The clinician will examine your genital area and take a swab. This should not hurt, but it may be a little uncomfortable.
Trichomoniasis can be treated with antibiotics.
If symptoms remain, or recur, after treatment, you may require further testing to see whether your symptoms are being caused by a different sexually transmitted infection.
Condoms are very effective at preventing the spread of trichomoniasis.
Regular testing each time you change your sexual partner helps reduce the spread of STIs.
If any STI is left untreated, including trichomoniasis, this may make it easier for you to become infected with other STIs, including HIV.