What type of STI is trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) is classed as a parasitic sexually transmitted infection (STI). Other parasitic STIs include chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea. Parasitic STIs can be successfully cured using a course of antibiotic prescription medication, unlike viral STIs that have no cure but can be managed long-term. Just like other forms of STIs, parasitic STIs can be spread easily and can potentially lead to health complications if untreated. Although this can be effectively avoided by taking a course of clinically proven antibiotic medication.
What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) isn't always easy to notice, as most people won't have any symptoms. In fact, less than 50% of people who are infected with this condition will experience any of the common symptoms associated with trichomonas vaginalis. If symptoms do appear it will normally occur at any time between five days to a month of becoming infected. In rare cases, it may take an even longer amount of time. Women are also more likely than men to experience some of the symptoms of trichomonas vaginalis.
Symptoms for women include:
- Pain during urination
- Itchiness and redness surrounding the vagina
- Soreness and swelling of the vagina
- Itchiness around the thighs
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Swollen groin
- Frothy yellow or green discharge
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Strong or foul odour from the vagina
Symptoms for men include:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Pain or burning sensation during urination
- Thin, white discharge
- Pain or burning sensation after ejaculation
- Swelling / redness on the head and foreskin of the penis
It's important to take an STI test before you buy any treatment for this condition, as many of the symptoms associated with trichomoniasis are also linked to other STIs. You can get an STI test by visiting your nearest sexual health clinic or GUM clinic.
How do you get trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) is caused a one-celled microscopic protozoan parasite called trichomonas vaginalis. The main factor causing this infection to spread is unprotected sex where protection, such as a condom, isn't used. This occurs when having sex with an individual who is already infected with trichomoniasis. It should be noted that only vaginal sex is considered to be a cause of this infection spreading, as opposed to oral or anal sex. Sharing wet items, including sex toys and towels, can also potentially spread this STI as it allows the parasitic organism trichomonas vaginalis to spread to another individual. As this STI infects the urethra in men, it can be contracted via unprotected genital contact. Therefore, barrier contraceptives are essential when reducing the chances of contracting trichomoniasis.
It should be noted that trichomoniasis isn't contracted via normal physical contact, including hugging, kissing, sharing cutlery or sitting on a toilet seat used by other individuals. It also can't be spread via sexual contact that doesn't include contact with the genital region.
It is vital that you attend STI testing at a sexual health clinic or GUM clinic in order to ensure that you and your sexual partner don't have trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) as well as other STIs.
For women, STI testing involves a pelvic exam given by a registered healthcare provider. A sample of vaginal discharge may also be taken. For men, STI testing involves a swab of the urethra by a registered healthcare provider and a sample of discharge from the penis. Samples of discharge are examined using a microscope before an official diagnosis is made.
Testing for STIs is essential regardless of if you have spotted any common symptoms or not. Common symptoms can include the urge to urinate and an unusual discharge. Regular testing ensures that STIs aren't spread from person-to-person during unprotected sexual contact.
After you have been successfully completed your treatment course for trichomoniasis or any other STI, regular testing is still necessary to ensure that you are completely cured of this or any other parasitic infection.
How do I treat trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) is a condition that can be cured using a course of antibiotic prescription medication. Without antibiotic medication, you won't be able to effectively treat your case of trichomoniasis.
One antibiotic treatment that you can take to successfully treat this condition is Metronidazole, which can also be taken to treat other sexually transmitted infections. This highly effective medication is taken orally in the form of a tablet twice a day over the course of a week. Your required dosage is recommended in your doctor's prescription.
A second STI test may be needed up to two weeks after completing this course of treatment to guarantee that you are cured of trichomoniasis. Sexual intercourse should be avoided whilst taking this medication.
You should inform your sexual partner of this infection to ensure that they can also take effective medication if they too have trichomoniasis. This will prevent the infection spreading.
Why should I treat trichomoniasis?
Treating trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) as soon as you are diagnosed is important because you can successfully avoid the potential health risks associated with having this STI in the long run. This includes possible health issues, such as premature labour for pregnant women and prostatitis for men.
Barrier contraceptives, such as condoms, may also not be effective enough to prevent this infection from spreading during sexual intercourse, as skin surrounding the genital region may not be sufficiently covered.
By effectively treating yourself you are able to stop trichomoniasis from spreading to a sexual partner during unprotected sex. Treating yourself as early as possible reduces the likelihood of this occurrence.
Where do I get the treatment from?
Once you've received an official diagnoses for trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) from a doctor at a sexual health clinic or GUM clinic you can then place an order for effective and clinically tested medication for the successful treatment of trichomoniasis online here at NEW HEALTH SITE. The treatment we provide is called Metronidazole, which is taken in the form of a 400mg pill. You can buy this antibiotic medication after completing a quick and simple online consultation with a member of our team of UK registered doctors. After checking your personal details they will approve your order. You will then be issued with an official prescription for this treatment.
Treatment for trichomoniasis can also be obtained from your local pharmacy or clinic. You are able to do this after attending a face-to-face appointment with your GP to discuss your condition, as opposed to placing your order discreetly online. After retrieving your prescription you will be required to visit your local pharmacy to obtain the medication you need. Ordering online is considered to be far quicker and much more convenient than obtaining it from a pharmacy because you can avoid attending doctor's appointments and travelling to and from your doctor's surgery to a pharmacy.
How to prevent trichomoniasis in the future
It is possible to significantly reduce the risk of becoming infected with trichomonas vaginalis by following a few prevention methods. This is also essential if you have recovered from a previous bout of trichomoniasis to prevent the possibility of becoming infected again. The primary method to completely prevent trichomoniasis is to abstain from all sexual activity. Other methods that you can follow to prevent trichomoniasis include the following:
- Wearing latex condoms (male and female) during sexual intercourse.
- Decrease the number of sexual partners you have.
- Avoid sharing sex toys with others. Clean them thoroughly and cover with a fresh condom if you do intend to share them.
- Avoid sexual contact and visit your local GP or a doctor if you notice any of the symptoms associated with trichomoniasis.
- Order an STI home test kit to test yourself regularly if you are sexually active.