Trichomoniasis is caused by a tiny parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV).

Trichomoniasis: an overview

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?

Symptoms usually develop within a month of infection, although up to half of all infected people have no symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

  • Thin white discharge from the penis
  • Pain during urination
  • Soreness and itching around the vagina
  • A change in vaginal discharge.
How do I know if I've got it?

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.

Can it be treated?

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.

How can it be prevented?

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.

What will happen if I have trichomoniasis but I don't get it treated?

If any STI is left untreated, including trichomoniasis, this may make it easier for you to become infected with other STIs, including HIV.