Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection that spreads through vaginal sex.
Having trichomoniasis makes it more likely to get or spread HIV.
Most people with trichomoniasis do not have symptoms. If symptoms occur, they can include gray or yellow-green vaginal discharge, or itching or irritation in and around the vagina.
Condoms can prevent the spread of trichomoniasis. Having multiple partners increases your risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including trichomoniasis.
Your health care provider will swab the vagina to test a sample of fluid.
Trichomoniasis can be cured with pills. The full treatment is needed to clear the infection. Take all the medication even if you feel better.
You should be retested after three to four months to make sure that the infection has cleared.
Your sex partner(s) also need to be treated so they do not develop serious health problems, re-infect you or pass the infection on to others. Tell all of your sex partners from the previous two months about your infection so that they can be examined and treated.
Trichomoniasis can cause premature labor and low infant birth weight.