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How to Prevent Trichomoniasis From Affecting You

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  • Practicing safe sexual intercourse is a major step in trichomoniasis prevention, since this sexually transmitted infection spreads from one person to another
  • If early symptoms of trichomoniasis are 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, but the most crucial is to refrain from having unprotected sex, whether you’re experiencing symptoms or not.1 Practicing safe sex is a must, because this infection usually spreads from one person to another.2

Sexually active people must use latex condoms properly to decrease their trichomoniasis risk. However, remember that they don’t guarantee full protection, since the parasite responsible for trichomoniasis can infect areas that aren’t covered by the condom.3 Consult your physician if you’re experiencing initial symptoms, or if you have any lingering questions about trichomoniasis.

Communication Is Key in Preventing Trichomoniasis

Talk to your partner and ensure that they don’t have this STI. You should both be knowledgeable about your current health status. In particular, ask if they have already tested for trichonomiasis or other STIs and had negative results.4

This step is vital because although some symptoms don’t show up, it doesn’t mean that the infection isn’t present. Trichomoniasis usually is asymptomatic, meaning the usual indicators of this STI don’t manifest right away.5 Unless your partner has been tested or treated, consider avoiding sexual contact until they agree to undergo a test. Refrain from having multiple sexual partners too, as this can greatly 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, so you can think carefully about the next step you’ll need to take with regards to your relationship or sexual activity.7

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

If early symptoms of trichomoniasis are showing, you should immediately talk to a physician, so you can take any of these tests typically used to check for trichomoniasis: cell cultures, antigen tests, wet mount, a DNA test or a polyamerase chain reaction (PCR) test8,9,10

Lower Your Risk for Reinfection Today

What’s challenging about trichomoniasis is the possibility of a reinfection. There is a 17 percent chance that you can be reinfected with trichomoniasis in just three months after treatment. Even worse, reinfection may occur even if a person has been treated already.11

As such, try waiting for at least seven to 10 days after initial treatment (whether it’s for you or your partner) before you have sexual intercourse again. Should symptoms return, seek medical attention immediately.12

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