Trichomoniasis, “trich” for short, is one of the most common STDs, with an estimated 3.7 million people in the U.S. infected. Get a Trichomoniasis test to find out if you’re in the clear.
With that many people with this STD, someone you had sex with might have had trich. And only three out of every 10 people infected develop symptoms.
The disease is mostly spread by exchanging bodily fluids during sex. Men and women who develop symptoms tend to notice an irritation in their genitals first.
If you believe you have trich, the only way to know for sure is to get a Trichomoniasis test. Trich can be easily cured by taking antibiotics.
How Can you get Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite that can live in bodily fluids. When the parasite is exchanged through semen, pre-cum and vaginal fluids, you could get infected.
Partners are most likely to spread the disease to one another by having unprotected vaginal, oral, or sex. It can also be spread by sharing sex toys and even genital touching when bodily fluids are involved.
Trich seems to be more common in women; affecting more than 2 million women ages 14 to 49 in the U.S. Women who have sex with other women can also get trich and should order a trichomoniasis test to find out if they have this.
Even if you don’t show any symptoms, you could spread this disease to a partner if you have trich.
While anyone can get trich, certain factors increase your risk of getting the disease: having multiple partners, a history of STIs, and having trich before. Until you get a trichomoniasis test, you’ll only be guessing as to whether you have it.
Signs you Need a Trichomoniasis Test
Trich is most likely to affect women. Also, African-American women are more likely to have the disease than their white or Hispanic counterparts.
The majority of men and women who have the disease don’t show any symptoms.
Trichomoniasis symptoms in men
- Painful ejaculation
- Painful urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Discomfort inside the penis
Trichomoniasis symptoms in women
- Redness, burning or itching of genitals
- Painful Urination
- Painful sex
- Foul smells from vaginal discharge
Where Can I get a Trichomoniasis Test?
The only way to confirm if you have this common STD is to take a trichomoniasis test. Your can get this test done through your general practitioner, or, you can use a home trichomoniasis test kit. When you take the home test, you’ll need to swab your genitals send the sample in the self-addressed stamped envelope to our specialty labs. The whole process is super easy, affordable, and discreet.
Trich testing tends to be accurate for women than for men. Men’s results have a slightly higher chance of turning up more false positives and false negatives. You should do a trichomoniasis test every few months to learn more about your sexual health and have peace of mind about this STD.
What Happens if I Have Trichomoniasis?
If you have trich, consult with your doctor to get the proper antibiotics. Doctors typically recommend metronidazole or tinidazole.
In addition to protecting yourself, you should also protect those around you. Let your sexual partner(s) know about your diagnosis. Suggest your partner take a trichomoniasis test. Many times a man can have the infection and not show symptoms, giving it back to his partner even after she’s been treated.