General notion about trichomoniasis and ways of getting infected

Sometimes sex is not only about satisfaction but also about sexually transmitted diseases. Changing partners, you may never know who he or she was in contact with before you. If you think that STDs may be seen with a naked eye, you are deeply mistaken as some of them may show no symptoms. However, the carrier (your potential sexual partner) can easily transmit it to you during sex.

Trichomoniasis is one of such insidious STDs. The statistics claim that almost four million Americans are the carriers. About one million sexually active people “get acquainted” with the illness every year. Fortunately, this awkward problem may easily be solved with an antibiotic.

Signs of trich

The statistic claims that only 30% of all people infected by Trichomonas vaginalis notice some manifestations of the ailment. The bulk of them is women. Males evolve the symptoms extremely rare.

The infection may show within the period of 5-28 days after getting the parasite. However, it may “keep silent” for long months.

In women the illness manifests through:

  • Bad smelling vaginal discharge of green, grey, yellow or white color.
  • Pain sensations during sex and peeing.
  • Pain in the lower abdomen.
  • Itchiness and irritation of the female genitals.

In case a man evolves the symptoms, he will experience:

  • Painful sexual intercourses.
  • Irritation, reddening, and swelling around the head of the penis.
  • Itchiness and burning when passing the urine or ejaculation.
  • Penile discharge.

Ways of getting infected

Trichomoniasis pathogen lives in the semen, pre-seminal fluid, and vaginal fluid. Hence, the only way you may “catch” trichomoniasis is via unprotected sex.

The ailment can be passed on during vaginal sex from a man to a woman, from a woman to a man or from a woman to a woman. Both oral and anal sex is safe in this matter.

The other way to get infected is sharing sex toys. Besides, you may get the infection if you touch the genitals with hands with an infected fluid on them.

The pathogen cannot be passed via household contacts, yet some sources claim that sharing towels may also help the ailment transmission.