The Five Most Important Things You Should Know About: Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a very common STD among both men and women. Ladies, that hot guy you met at the club last night can spread it to you without ever knowing he has it. You also could unknowingly give it to him. Trichomoniasis can weaken the immune system and make an infected person more susceptible to other STDs, including HIV. Pregnant women who are infected are at risk for delivering early or having a baby with low birth weight. Are you thinking twice about your sexual behavior now?

1. Both men and women can be infected, but because men often experience few to no symptoms, it can seem to only affect women. That is so untrue.

2. Trichomoniasis spreads easily and quickly. Because symptoms of trichomoniasis are often mild to nonexistent, this STD can be spread quickly and easily. It is one of the more common STDs. Women are more likely to have symptoms than men are, but both can be infected.

3. Symptoms often are mild or nonexistent, but women should look for abnormal discharge. If you’re smelling a bit foul down there, that’s also a sign of infection. There may be pain or discomfort during urination or sex. Itching or other genital irritations also may occur. Men don’t usually have symptoms, but some include burning or irritation during urination or an unusual discharge. 4. Because this STD is caused by a parasite, a doctor must examine and test a person for this parasite. Men are harder to diagnose with trichomoniasis than women, but both should be tested regardless. If one partner has trichomoniasis, it’s likely that the other partner does as well.

5. Thankfully, trichomoniasis is easy to treat with antibiotics once diagnosed, but having this STD once doesn’t mean you can’t get it again, so get tested often. [CDC]