What is it?
A parasitic infection of the genitals.
How common is it?
There are an estimated 3.7 million people in the U.S. infected with Trich. Learn more at www.cdc.gov.
What are the symptoms?
Often there are no symptoms. For women who do experience symptoms, they may notice a frothy, smelly, yellowish-green vaginal discharge, and/or genital area discomfort. Men who have symptoms may temporarily have a discharge from the penis, slight burning after urination or ejaculation, and/or an irritation in the penis.
How do you get it?
Through vaginal sex.
How do you treat it?
Antibiotics can cure the infection. Both partners must be treated at the same time to prevent passing the infection back and forth. Both partners should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.
What are the consequences if left untreated?
Increased risk for infection of other STDs, including HIV. In women, trich can cause complications during pregnancy.
Get Yourself Tested
Anyone who has had sex may be at risk for an STD, even when there are no symptoms. Talk to your health care provider about testing.
Can it be prevented?
There is no vaccine for trich. Abstaining from sex and sexual contact is the surest way to avoid getting an STD. Using condoms every time reduces the risk of contracting STDs. If you or your partner tests positive, you should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.
If you are sexually active, using condoms consistently and correctly, from start to finish, is one of the best ways to help prevent STDs. Condoms are the ONLY method that protects sexually active people from both STDs and pregnancy.