As with many STDs and STIs, many people infected with trichomonas do not have any signs or symptoms. When trichomonas does cause symptoms (in about 30% of cases), they can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Some people with symptoms get them within 5 to 28 days after being infected, but others do not develop symptoms until much later. Symptoms can come and go and will reoccur if left untreated.
Men with trichomonas may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or some discharge from the penis.
Women with trichomonas may notice itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a thin discharge with an unusual smell that can be clear, white, yellowish, or greenish.
These symptoms are common to many STIs and STDs so it is important to understand what you have been tested for, so that you can get the right treatment if you have a positive STD test result.
Having trichomonas can make it feel unpleasant to have sex. Without treatment, the infection can last for months or even years.
Trichomonas can increase the risk of getting or spreading most other STIs. For example, trichomonas can cause genital inflammation that makes it easier to get infected with the HIV virus, or to pass any other infections you have including the HIV virus on to a new partner.
Pregnant women with trichomonas are more likely to have their babies early and with a low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), which can have cumulative effects on the baby’s health.
Trichomonas is easy to treat and cure with antibiotics.
Better2Know can test for Trichomonas at any of its STD Testing clinics across the UK.
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