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Warning Signs of Trichomoniasis

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  • The usual hallmarks of trichomoniasis are different in men and women, although there are a few noticeable similarities
  • No matter what kinds of symptoms you experience, once you notice them, schedule an immediate visit with a physician for testing

There are various indicators of trichomoniasis that can show up, with some that can come and go. Such signs range from mild irritation to severe inflammation and may happen in five to 28 days after the initial infection. However, this can only happen in a select number of people, as 70 percent of those with trichomoniasis don’t show signs of this sexually transmitted infection (STI).1

Symptoms of Trichomoniasis in Men and Women

The usual hallmarks of this STI are different for men and women, although there are a few similarities. If you experience any of these indicators, consult a physician immediately:2,3,4

Trichomoniasis in Men Trichomoniasis in Women

Itching or irritation in the penis or urethra

Itching, burning or soreness of genitals

Burning feeling after urination or ejaculation

Discomfort while urinating (dysuria)

Presence of discharge from the penis

Vaginal spotting or bleeding

Frequent urge to urinate

Frequent urge to urinate

Soreness, swelling or redness around the head of the penis or foreskin

Unpleasant sensation during sex

Frothy vaginal discharge that is gray, white, yellow or green, and usually smells foul or fishy5

Checking for Trichomoniasis

If you notice any symptoms, make an immediate visit to a physician for testing, because it’s not possible to confirm this infection based on the symptoms alone.6

Both women and men will have their genitals checked, particularly the vagina or cervix (for discharge or red patches) or the penis (for inflammation),7 alongside collection of urine or vaginal discharge.8 You may also be required to take these laboratory tests:9,10

  • Wet mount — Considered to be the most common trichomoniasis test for women,11 this is an examination of vaginal fluid under a microscope.12 A man’s urethral discharge may also be checked using this procedure to see if the infection is present.13
  • Cell cultures A very sensitive test, cell cultures require a week14 to let the parasite grow in numbers and be detected.15
  • DNA test
  • Antigen test
  • Polyamerase chain reaction (PCR) tests16

Trichomoniasis could be difficult to diagnose since its symptoms are similar to those of other STIs.17 Furthermore, the parasite is harder to spot in male samples, compared to those of females.18


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