is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a single-cell organism called trichomonas vaginalis, which is passed on between partners during sex. In 50% of cases, patients do not develop any symptoms. If you believe you have caught Trichomonas, you should get tested as soon as possible to prevent complications.
You can get tested for trichomoniasis using our extended STI test kit
(which checks for 7 common STIs). Our service is discreet and fast - you will receive your results within three days of your sample reaching our UK based partner laboratory. Delivery and return postage are free.
What is trichomoniasis?
Trichomonas are a tiny parasitic organism, which causes infections in the vagina and the urethra in women. In men, the infection affects the urethra, the head of the penis and in some cases the prostate gland. The parasite is usually transmitted during vaginal sex or when sharing sex toys. It can not be passed on during anal or oral sex and does not spread any other way. Using a condom every time you have sex will protect you from trichomoniasis and other sexually transmitted diseases. You must also clean sex toys after use and use a condom when sharing them.
Trichomoniasis does not always cause symptoms. It is estimated that half of all patients (men and women alike) do not experience any symptoms.
Trichomoniasis symptoms in women
- unusual vaginal discharge (may have an unusual colour, texture or smell)
- inflammation around the vagina
- swelling and itching around the vagina
- pain during urination or while having sex
- abdominal pain
Trichomoniasis symptoms in men
- pain during urination
- discharge from the penis
- unusually frequent urination
- swelling, soreness and redness affecting the head of the penis and the foreskin
Testing for trichmoniasis
The extended STI kit which tests for trichomoniasis is a urine test. The laboratory will check your urine sample for traces of the DNA or RNA of the Trichomonas parasite. If your test result is positive and you are infected, you will require treatment.
Trichomoniasis is easy to treat with an antibiotic. Both women and men are usually treated with an antibiotic called metronidazole. The standard duration of the antibiotic course is seven days. If you have been diagnosed with trichomoniasis it is important that your previous or current partners get tested and treated as well.
A trichomonas infection leaves you vulnerable to other STDs and increases your risk of getting infected with other STIs, including HIV. It can also lead to complications and premature birth in pregnant women. Trichomoniasis does not go away unless treated with an antibiotic.