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Warning Signs of Trichomoniasis

Frequent urge to urinate

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  • The usual hallmarks of trichonomiasis are different for men and women, although there are a few noticeable similarities
  • Urethral itching and discharge or burning during urination should warrant an immediate visit to a physician or health expert for testing

There are various indicators of trichonomiasis that can show up on the body, with some that can come and go.

The first symptoms, ranging from mild irritation to severe inflammation, could happen in five to 28 days after the initial infection. However, 70 percent of people with trichomoniasis do not show signs of this sexually transmitted infection (STI) at all.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 noticeable similarities. If you or someone you know experiences any of these indicators, consult a physician or health expert immediately:2,3,4

Trichomoniasis in Men Trichomoniasis in Women
Itching or irritation in the penis or urethra Itching, burning, redness or soreness of genitals
Burning feeling after urination or ejaculation Patchy red areas on the cervix (also called strawberry cervix)
Presence of discharge from the penis Discomfort while urinating (dysuria)
Frequent urge to urinate Vaginal spotting or bleeding

Frequent urge to urinate

Unpleasant feeling during sex

Frothy vaginal discharge that is clear, white, yellow or green (Trichomoniasis discharge usually smells foul or fishy)6

Checking for Trichomoniasis

Out of these symptoms, urethral itching and discharge or burning during urination7 should warrant an immediate visit to a physician or health expert for testing. It’s really not possible to confirm that a patient has trichomoniasis based on symptoms alone.8

First, your physician will inquire about your medical history, particularly your sexual history and practices.9 Afterward, you might be asked to undergo physical exams, too.

Women will have their genitals, vagina or cervix checked for patchy red spots. If there’s vaginal discharge, its color, odor and texture will be examined. Meanwhile, males will have their penis inspected for inflammation,10 alongside collection of urine or urethral discharge. You may also be required to take these laboratory tests:11,12

Wet mount: Considered to be the most common trichomoniasis test for women, a female patient’s vaginal fluid is examined under a microscope. However, a man’s urethral discharge may also be checked using this procedure to see if the infection is present.

DNA test: Also called the Amplified DNA probe test, this detects the trichomoniasis parasite’s genetic material.

Antigen test: This is an immmunochromatographic strip test that searches for the trichomoniasis parasite. If the parasite is in the sample, a color change occurs because the antibodies bind together.

Cell cultures: A very sensitive and specific test, cell cultures require a week to let the parasite grow in numbers and be detected.13

Unfortunately, trichomoniasis could be difficult to diagnose since its symptoms are similar to those of other STIs.14 Furthermore, the parasite is harder to spot in male samples, compared to those of females.15


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What Is Trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis In Men and Women

Trichomoniasis Symptoms

Trichomoniasis Causes

Trichomoniasis Treatment

Trichomoniasis Prevention

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