Trichomoniasis: The STD Parasite you Didn’t Know you Had
Trichomoniasis, or trich, is the most common curable STD in the country. With over 3.7 million people infected at any given time, a whopping 70% will have no symptoms.*
What is trichomoniasis?
An infection of the parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis, trich is more common in women than men.* The parasite infects the vulva, vagina and cervix of women, and the urethra of women and men. In the 30% of infections that actually have symptoms, the not-so-charming effects include:
- Vaginal discharge
- Foul smelling vaginal odor
- Itching or redness in the vaginal area
- Discomfort and burning after urination
- Itching inside the penis
- Discharge from the penis
- Discomfort during intercourse and burning after ejaculation
The bad stuff
Most people don’t experience symptoms, so they have no idea they’re infected. But just because you’re not burning and itching, it doesn’t mean trich is harmless. An untreated trichomoniasis infection can leave you more susceptible to other STDs, especially HIV. Infection can also cause premature births and underweight babies in pregnant women.*
Because it’s so often undiagnosed, infected people may reinfect partners again and again. In fact, one in five people who have trich will become reinfected within three months following treatment.* Until the infection is identified and treated in all partners, the parasite will keep coming back to play.
Regular testing is vital
If you have pain in your privates, getting tested is a no-brainer. Since some STDs, like trich and gonorrhea (read: what is gonorrhea doing to your love life?), often have no symptoms, there’s a real chance that you could have an STD and have no idea.
Regular testing is important (especially when you don’t have symptoms to tip you off) to avoid passing along an STD to a partner or compromising your overall health.
Luckily, myLAB Box makes regular STD testing fast and easy.
Order a trichomoniasis home kit or one of our test combos to make sure you know.
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA
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