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Trichomoniasis

What is Trichomoniasis?

“Trich,” as it is commonly referred, is a parasitic infection. It is very common but also very curable.

What are the symptoms?

Most people do not have symptoms. You can have vaginal discharge, odor, itching, burning, redness or soreness in your genitals.

How do I get tested?

Laboratory test done by a medical provider on the vaginal discharge.

How do I get treated?

Antibiotics. You and your partner(s) must be treated to prevent re-infection.

What if I don’t treat it?

It increases the risk of getting or spreading other STIs. Can cause preterm birth if you are pregnant.

How can I prevent it?

Know if your partner is infected before having sex. Abstinence is the only way to prevent it 100%. Use a latex, polyurethane, or polyisoprene condom every time you have sex. But condoms don’t cover all areas and you can still get infected. Avoid sex until all symptoms have gone away after treatment.

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