Trichomoniasis

STI Testing and Treatment During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, do not go to regularly scheduled testing for HIV or other STIs.

If you have STI symptoms or were exposed to an STI, call your health care provider or use your clinic’s online portal. Your provider may be able to prescribe oral treatment based on your symptoms or exposure without having you visit the clinic in person. If you do not have a health care provider, you can call the NYC Sexual Health Clinic Hotline.

If you received medicine or a prescription from a sex partner who was recently diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, please review Information for People Exposed to a Sexually Transmitted Infection: Getting Treatment without Seeing a Doctor during the COVID-19 Outbreak (PDF, April 19).


Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection that spreads through vaginal sex.

Having trichomoniasis makes it more likely to get or spread HIV.

Symptoms

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.

Prevention

Condoms can prevent the spread of trichomoniasis. Having multiple partners increases your risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including trichomoniasis.

Testing

Your health care provider will swab the vagina to test a sample of fluid.

Treatment

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.

Sex Partners

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 in Pregnancy

Trichomoniasis can cause premature labor and low infant birth weight.

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