Trichomoniasis, commonly shortened as trich, is a less known STI, but it affects many people like Chlamydia and other known STIs. Unknown to many people,trich is the most common non-viral STI.
What is trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) resulting from a parasite (Trichomonas vaginalis) infection. The parasite is usually transmitted through sex, affecting the urethra in both women and men. It also affects the vagina, prostate gland and penis.
Diagnosis of trich tends to be difficult because the symptoms only occur in about 50% of cases, and these symptoms are similar to other STI and genital issues.
Can you contract trichomoniasis if no partner cheated?
You will likely jump to conclusions about your partner cheating if the partner gets an STI that wasn’t present before engaging in sexual activities the person. Although trichomoniasis can only spread at the time of sexual activities, the infection can go undetected for a long time.
About 50% of trichomoniasis infections go undetected since they do not show any symptoms. This means your partner may have had trich before meeting you. Sometimes, trich symptoms occur several months after the infection.
Whether your partner has cheated or not, you need to get tested for when you or the partner presents symptoms to prevent further transmission and avoid future health issues.
How does trichomoniasis spread?
The main mode of trichomoniasis transmission is possible through sharing of sex toys and having unprotected sex with an infected person. No evidence is available to show the transmission of trichomoniasis through anal or oral sex. The transmission of trichomoniasis outside sexual activities is unlikely.
Contrary to our popular belief, the transmission of trich through shared baths, swimming pools, food, drinks, toilet seats, cutlery, and clothing items with an infected person is unlikely.
How is trichomoniasis transmitted?
Transmission of trichomoniasis can be possible through the following.
- Using infected sex toys
- Male-to-female genital contact, with or without ejaculation
- Penetrative sex
- Vagina-to-vagina sex
Symptoms of trichomoniasis
Over half of trich infections are asymptomatic, meaning they do not present any symptoms. Those who experience the symptoms show certain symptoms which are common with other STIs and conditions such as urinary tract infections and cystitis.
The following are common trich symptoms in men and women.
- Burning sensation or pain at the time of urination
- Swelling, itching and soreness around the vagina
- Excessive or abnormal vaginal discharge – the discharge may be yellowish or greenish, thin, frothy or thick in texture
- Discomfort or pain during sex
- Burning sensation or pain when urinating
- Pain during ejaculation
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Swelling, redness and soreness around the penis
Testing for trichomoniasis
Regular STI testing is important to ensure your sexual health and your partner’s. You can get different STI tests, including profile testing, which checks for different sexual health conditions. Individual tests for each STI is available, and you can get a trich test to check if you are infected or not.
Treatment for trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis infection will likely remain in the body without treatment. If you have trich, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics for one week. During the treatment, you need to avoid sexual activities. Taking the right medications, alongside following your doctor’s advice, will clear the infection.
Your partner may only begin to show trich symptoms after contracting the STI several months back. However, trich transmission occurs only through sexual activities. If you or your partner begins to notice symptoms, ensure you schedule a private trichomoniasis test in London at Sexual Health Clinic to avoid further transmission and get the appropriate treatment on time.
Feel free to give us a call on 020 3475 1653 now for your trich testing.