How to Prevent Trichomoniasis From Affecting You

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  • Practicing safe sexual intercourse is a major step in trichomoniasis prevention, since it’s a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that’s spread from one person to another
  • If early symptoms of trichomoniasis are already showing up, you should immediately talk to a physician or health expert

There are preventive measures that you can follow to help reduce your risk for trichomoniasis. Arguably, practicing safe sexual intercourse is a major step in trichomoniasis prevention, since it’s a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that’s spread from one person to another.1

Likewise, refrain from having sexual contact if you are experiencing symptoms, are being treated for trichomoniasis or if your partner is already showing signs of the infection.2

Meanwhile, if you are sexually active, using latex condoms properly may decrease your risk for trichomoniasis. However, remember that condoms do not guarantee full protection, since the parasite responsible for trichomoniasis can infect areas that are not covered by the condom.3

Don’t forget to consult a physician or health care provider if you’re already experiencing initial symptoms, or if you have any lingering questions about trichomoniasis.

Communication Is Key in Preventing Trichomoniasis

Apart from following these prevention tips, ensure that your partner is also free of this STI or is knowledgeable about his or her current health status. In particular, check if your partner was already tested for trichomoniasis (or even other STIs) and had negative results.4,5

This is vital because although some symptoms don’t show up, it doesn’t mean that the infection isn’t present. Trichomoniasis is asymptomatic, meaning the usual symptoms of this STI don’t manifest in a person right away.

Unless your partner has been tested or treated, consider avoiding sexual contact for a week or at least until he or she agrees to undergo a test. Refrain from having multiple sexual partners, too, as this can increase your risk for trichomoniasis.6

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests talking to your partner about the potential risk for infection, especially if you notice signs of trichomoniasis already. This will allow you to make informed choices about the risk level that you are comfortable with in your sex life.7

What Types of Tests Can Be Used to Check for Trichomoniasis?

If early symptoms of trichomoniasis are already showing up, you should immediately talk to a physician or health expert, so you can take any of these tests typically used to check for trichomoniasis: cell cultures, antigen tests, wet preparation and/or a DNA test.8,9

Lower Your Risk for Reinfection Today

What’s challenging about trichomoniasis is the possibility of a reinfection. According to Healthline, there is a 17 percent chance that women might be re-infected with trichomoniasis in just three months after treatment. Even worse, reinfection may also occur even if partners were treated already.10

In addition, wait for at least seven to 10 days after initial treatment (whether it’s for you or your partner) before you have sexual intercourse again. Consult a physician or health expert immediately if the symptoms return.11

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