Trichomoniasis (Trich)

Trich is a common parasitic infection of the vagina or penis.

Testing

If you are thinking about becoming sexually active or already are, it’s important to get tested. Medical providers will do a pelvic exam or take a sample of discharge. Under a microscope, providers can detect the parasites causing the infection. Trich can also be tested through a urine sample.

Treatment

Trich is curable and treatable with oral medication. It’s important to finish the entire course of medication, even if symptoms go away, and to make sure your partner is getting treated as well.

Transmission

Trich is a parasite that spreads through vaginal fluids and semen. People get trich through vaginal sex without a condom.

Symptoms and complications

Symptoms can be more noticeable in the vagina than the penis, but both females and males are at risk for contracting and transmitting the infection. Symptoms include a yellow or green discharge with a fishy odor coming from the penis or vagina. Itchiness is also common.

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