Trichomoniasis (Vaginal Infection) - Transmission

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What Is Trichomoniasis and How Do You Get It?

Trichomoniasis (TRIK-uh-muh-NEYE-uh-suhss) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a parasite. It is sometimes called "trich." Trichomoniasis is the most common curable STI found in young, sexually active women.

The parasite is spread through sexual contact. Women can get it by having penis -- to -- vagina intercourse with an infected man or vulva -- to -- vulva contact with an infected woman. Men usually get it only from infected women.

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Comment from: mel, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I got this trich infection from my partner. I didn't pay it any attention because I thought it would go away. I was very itchy. I scratched it. And when I would go take a shower or pee, it burns really bad. I was pregnant with my first son. I was devastated when the doctor told me that I could pass it to my son if not treated. I took an antibiotic. But when a gynecologist ask me how often I took it, I told him two times a day. He then scolded me and said that I should be taking it for 4 times daily. I felt bad, I hope my son did not contract it from me.

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Comment from: carla, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I had a hysterectomy, went for my 6 week checkup, and found I had trichomoniasis. I have not had sex for over 6 weeks. I did not have it before the surgery. But I did after it. I asked the doctor if I had this before the surgery and I was told no. I have had pap tests every 3 months for over a year treating cervical pre cancer. And I started having problems 2 weeks after surgery. I called my doctor, got treated for a yeast infection, over the phone. I feel for certain I got it from the hospital or on recovery. I can't prove it.

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