By: Amber Pyles

Trichomoniasis

"5 Things to Know"

How Do You Get It?

Trichomoniasis or "Trich" is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by an infection from the protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.Trichomoniasis is contracted from one person to another through physical gential contact. Wether it be an infected towel to sex. Both male and females can contract Trichomoniasis. Many people who have Trichomonasis generally do not know they have it because the symptoms vary making it hard to tell whether they are infected.

 

Trichomoniasis is considered the most curable of diseases. An estimatied 3.7 million people in the US have Trichomoniasis, But only 30% show symptoms

Facts:  

Symptoms:

Females notice itching, burning, redness or soreness, of the genital area, discomfort with urination, or a thin discharge with an unusual smell or a clear, white, yellowish or greenish color. 

Males generally feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or discharge from the penis. 

 

How do you know if you have it?

Symptoms range from a mild irritation to severe inflammation. Some people experience these symptoms within 5 to 28 days from the time they are infected. Many do not develop symptoms until later or they have symptoms that come and go. 

Fact:

Treatments involve a single dose of the antibotic medication metronidazole or tinidazole these are pills that are taken by mouth 

1 in 5 people can get Trichomoniasis again within 3 months of being treated. Always make sure your partner is treated as well to avoid reinfection, Wait about a week before having sex again until symptoms go away.

Can it be cured?

Another is the Pinnicale Health centers in Harrisburg or Annville PA. There you can walk in and they can run the tests and prescribe medications for the treatments.

One place is the Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS). The LFHS is a local service located at 615 Cumberland Street in the Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Center, Lebanon, PA. Hours for the Medical Services Center are Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Wednesday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. they also have a walk in clinic that sees anyone. 

Where can you get tested and treated?

The picture above is what the LFHS looks like from the outside

Trichomonaias for pregnant women can cause the woman to deliver a baby prematurally. They can also be born with a low birth weight. 

What can happen if you do not get treated?

Trich can cause a higher risk of getting infected if you do not get tested or treated. Trich causes the genital area to become inflammed and it can make it easier to contract HIV or pass it to your partner. 

What is a reason that a person develops Trichomoniasis?

How many people become infected again after treatment?

Follow up questions.

What is the scientific name for Trichomoniasis?

What is a serious risk that can happen if Trichomoniasis is not treated?