Trichomoniasis is a genital infection caused by the protozoa,
What is going on in the body?
Trichomoniasis is a common infection that affects both men and women. It is almost always acquired through sexual contact.
What are the causes and risks of the infection?
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease
What can be done to prevent the infection?
Safer sex practices
can minimize a person's risk for trichomoniasis. The best way to prevent the infection is to use a condom
with the spermicide nonoxynol-9.
How is the infection diagnosed?
Diagnosis of trichomoniasis begins with a history and physical exam. The organism can be seen under the microscope.
Long Term Effects
What are the long-term effects of the infection?
With proper treatment, trichomoniasis has no long-term effects.
What are the risks to others?
Trichomoniasis is an STD that is spread to others through unprotected sex.
What are the treatments for the infection?
Metronidazole is used to treat trichomoniasis. All sexual partners should be treated. Anyone with trichomoniasis should also be checked for other STDs
and treated appropriately.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Metronidazole can cause nausea, a bad taste in the mouth, and vaginal infection.
What happens after treatment for the infection?
Metronidazole is highly effective against trichomoniasis. The individual should follow safer sex practices
to avoid another infection.
How is the infection monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.