Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)

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  • What is it? Trichomonas vaginalis (TV or ‘trich/trick’) is caused by a tiny parasite. This produces an infection in the vagina and in the urethra in men. It is usually sexually transmitted.
  • Symptoms: Often Trichomonas Vaginalis has no symptoms
  • Men: - May have a white penile discharge, perhaps a burning when urinating and pain during sex.
  • Women: - Tend to have the more obvious symptom of a frothy green vaginal discharge that’s accompanied by a fishy smell. pain when passing urine A woman might also have sore and inflamed vulva and vagina which can also cause pain during sex.
  • Transmission: By far the most common way of getting TV is through unprotected vaginal sex with someone who has the infection. There’s a theoretical risk of catching TV from unprotected oral or anal sex too, but this is extremely rare. TV can be acquired by sharing moist towels, washcloths, Jacuzzis or hot baths where the parasite can live, although being infected by these non-sexual ways is extremely rare.
  • Treatment: To test for TV a doctor will normally take a genital swab and examine it under a microscope. Women may be given an internal pelvic examination. Men are given an external examination of their testicles and scrotum a sample of urine may also be taken. The results are usually available within one week. If found to be infected Antibiotics are normally prescribed.
  • Post Treatment: You should not have penetrative sex (where the penis enters the vagina, mouth or anus) until you have returned to the clinic and been given the all-clear by the doctor Because it is possible to have TV and show no symptoms, your partner may be carrying the infection without knowing it. It is important if you have TV that your partner is treated as well. Click here for a list of agencies you can contact should you require further information or help.

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