DISEASE OF THE WEEK...TRICHOMONIASIS, AKA "TRICH"
WHAT IS IT? - Trichomoniasis is not one of the most commonly heard of STI’S, but it is actually one of the most commonly transmitted one’s. You can catch it more than the once. It is caused by a tiny parasite called trichomonas vaginalis and is spread through unprotected vaginal sex. Females can pass it on to men or women during intercourse but men do not seem to catch it from other men. The infection rarely passes from mother to child during child birth but trichomoniasis may increase the risk of infertility in both men and women. The parasites can also live for a few hours on items such as damp towels if used by an infected person, so for this reason towels, washcloths and items of a similar nature shouldn’t be shared.
SYMPTOMS- Often people with trichomoniasis actually display no symptoms. However, in those who do, symptoms appear 4 to 20 days after initial infection. The symptoms differ between men and women. Females may experience a sore, red or itchy vulva making walking or sitting difficult. They may also have an increased amount of vaginal discharge, which may be thin and foamy, light grey in colour and have an unpleasant odour. These symptoms can worsen during their period. Most males do not have symptoms but may occasionally notice a slight discharge from the urethra. Both males and females can also experience either burning or pain whilst urinating or during sex.
TREATMENT- Trichomoniasis is treated with antibiotics proscribed by a health professional once diagnosed. Research has shown that trich can significantly increase the risk of contracting HIV, so it is vital to get tested and treated early.
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