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How infectious diseases are spread and simple and practical advice for preventing the spread of infection in the home and community
Trichomonas is an infection of the genital tract in both men and women is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.
Trichomonia infection is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Re-infection appears to be common.
In women, symptoms of trichomoniasis may include:
In men, most infections are without symptoms, but some men have:
Having a current sexually transmitted infection (including Trichomonas infection) increases the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection if you are exposed to HIV.
Diagnosis is made by microscopic examination or culture of discharge from the vagina or penis.
(time between becoming infected and developing symptoms)
4 to 28 days, average 7 days, but symptoms may not develop.
(time during which an infected person can infect others)
The duration of the infection, which may last for years. People with infections but who have no symptoms are still able to transmit the infection to others.
Treatment may be a single oral dose of an antibiotic, or may require a longer course of treatment. Pregnant women may be advised to use pessaries (tablets inserted into the vagina), as the oral drug is best avoided, if possible, during pregnancy.