What is Trichomoniasis Vaginalis?
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection which causes irritation and inflamation of the walls of the vagina.
How do I know I’ve got it?
- You may have more discharge than normal
- The discharge may have a fishy smell
- You may have a burning on passing urine
How do you get it?
- Through direct contact with someone with the infection, through unprotected sexual intercourse (sex with no condom)
- Sharing sex toys
Where can I get tested?
- If you think you have trichomoniasis or have been in contact with someone who has it, it is recommended that you attend a Sexual Health clinic
- It can be quite hard to test for trichomoniasis outwith the Sexual Health clinic but it may still be worthwhile asking your GP.
What is the treatment?
Antibiotics will treat the infection. A test to check the infection has gone is recommended.
It is important that your sexual partner(s) are treated. You can discuss this with the health adviser who can help you tell/talk to your partner to get tested and treated.
What if I don’t get treated?
- Untreated you may pass the infection to other partners.
- If you have Trichomoniasis you are more likely to get HIV infection if you come into contact with HIV infection.
How do I avoid getting trichomoniasis again?
- The best way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
- Practicing safer sex will reduce your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. This means using a condom for oral, vaginal and anal sex.