Trichomonas Vaginalis is the most prevalent Sexually Transmitted Infection amongst sexually active women. Many women will mistake a Trichomonas infection for a yeast or other infection because the symptoms are very similar. A Trichomonas infection can cause discharge and a strong odour as well as itching and irritation.The only way to be sure what infection you might have if you have any of these symptoms is to get tested. Better2Know offers Trichomonas testing at all of our 80 plus clinics across the UK.
Men can also catch Trichomonas and can infect women with the organism. In men, however, there are often no symptoms so it is very important that men who are sexually active get tested regularly to ensure they are not infecting their partners.
Trichomonas can lead to infertility in women and men so it is particularly important that everyone be tested regularly to prevent infection and re-infection, putting people’s fertility in jeopardy.
A recent study in the United States of over 4300 men found that almost 4% were infected with Trichomonas. Interestingly, the prevalence of Trichomonas infection was highest in men between the ages of 40 and 49. The study also found that almost 10% of the men who were infected with Trichomonas were also infected with Chlamydia, another common STI that can also damage both male and female fertility.
These statistics point to a very real need for both men and women who are sexually active to test for Trichomonas and Chlamydia on a regular basis. Only by testing will you know what infections you have and the right treatment can then be given to protect you, your partner and the fertility of both of you.
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