Trichomonas Vaginalis Infection

Signs and Symptoms of Trichomonas Vaginalis Infection

Trichomonas vaginalis is a common type of sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is caused by a single-celled protozoan and is most often passed through sexual contact. Trichomonas vaginalis can affect both men and women, although symptoms are more common in women. Symptoms may include abnormal discharge, itching, burning, and pain during urination. Treatment typically involves antibiotics.

Some common signs and symptoms of Trichomonas Vaginalis infection include:

  • Vaginal itching, burning, redness and soreness.
  • Vaginal odor with a distinct smell.
  • Thin, foamy discharge that is yellow-green in color.
  • Painful or uncomfortable sexual intercourse.
  • Painful urination.

If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor or health care provider for a diagnosis and proper treatment. Trichomonas vaginalis infections can be treated with antibiotics. Even after the infection has been cured, it is important to practice safe sex to prevent reinfection or the spread of the infection to a partner.

Risk Factors for Trichomonas Vaginalis Infection

Trichomonas vaginalis is most commonly spread through sexual contact. Risk factors for contracting the infection include:

  • Having unprotected sex with multiple partners.
  • Having a weakened immune system.
  • Having a history of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Having a partner with an STI.
  • Using drugs or alcohol.
  • Using birth control methods, such as diaphragms or intrauterine devices (IUDs).

If you are sexually active and have multiple partners, it is important to practice safe sex. Abstaining from sexual contact, using condoms correctly, and being tested for STIs on a regular basis can help to reduce the risk of contracting Trichomonas vaginalis.