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Can Trichomoniasis Be Confused With Chlamydia?

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Comparing Trichomoniasis and Chlamydia

Differentiating between trichomoniasis and chlamydia can be difficult because they present many of the same symptoms or no symptoms at all. Can trichomoniasis be confused with chlamydia? Yes, it is possible to confuse the two. If you are worried you may have contracted an STD, you should get tested as soon as possible. MyLAB Box offers the ‘Safe Box,’ an at home STD test kit that will test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and trichomoniasis.

Remember, being symptom-free does not mean you are not infected.

Understanding Trichomoniasis

Chlamydia and trichomoniasis are similar infections and they are commonly confused, but it’s important to know the difference as they are not treated with the same antibiotic. Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Testing for trich is important because in most cases it does not present any noticeable symptoms. This means that you cannot rely on the presence or absence of symptoms to know whether or not you are ‘clean.’

Causes of Trichomoniasis

Trich affects both men and women. The infection can spread through sexual intercourse as well as skin-to-skin contact. It is not spread by shaking hands, kissing, or other types of touching.

The CDC estimates nearly 3 million people in the US are infected with trich.

If symptoms do present themselves, they may begin anywhere from days to months after the infection begins. If you do not have any symptoms, you can still infect others. Women are more likely to experience symptoms than men.

Symptoms in Women

·     Irritation/itching around the vaginal area

·     Frothy/discolored discharge

·     Strong odor

·     Pain during intercourse

·     Pain when urinating

Symptoms in Men

Most men do not present symptoms.

·     Pain when urinating

·     Pain when ejaculating

·     Discharge

·     Discomfort in crotch area

Understanding Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a disease caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Like trich, chlamydia may never develop noticeable symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they are typically mild and appear within 3 weeks of initial infection. C

Causes of Chlamydia

Intercourse without a condom and unprotected oral sex are the most common ways to contract chlamydia. Penetration does not have to occur for the infection to spread. Men and women are both at risk for infection, but women are more likely to be diagnosed.

Symptoms of Chlamydia

·     Pain when urinating

·     Frothy/discolored discharge

·     Pain in lower abdomen

·     Pain in crotch area

·     Pain during intercourse

Treatment

Fortunately, trich and chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics. If diagnosed, a doctor can write a prescription for oral medicines or injections. It is important that you take all of your prescribed medications, even if your symptoms dissipate.

Staying Healthy

Let your doctor know if you have any questions or are unable to follow a treatment plan. If you have been diagnosed with an STD or STI, it is also important to tell all of your sexual partners and recommend they be tested and treated as well. Your partners may not know that they are infected. Abstain from sexual contact until you have successfully completed treatment.

Practicing safe sex will greatly reduce your risk of infection.

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