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What Happens If I Don't Get Treated?
If you don't get treated, the infection stays in your body. Even without symptoms, it can be passed to others. Having trichomoniasis also can increase a woman's risk of getting HIV if she is exposed to the virus.
Should I Tell My Partner If I Have Trichomoniasis?
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Yes, your partner could have the infection too. You and your partner should be treated at the same time to keep from infecting each other again. Be sure to tell all of your recent sex partners also, so they can get tested and treated.
Does Trichomoniasis Cause Problems During Pregnancy?
Pregnant women with trichomoniasis may have babies who are born early or at a low birth weight. Babies born early or too small can have health problems.
Metronidazole can be used during pregnancy. But some doctors feel that it's best to not use metronidazole during the first 3 months, when the baby's organs are forming. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of treatment during pregnancy. Keep in mind that without treatment, you can give the infection to others.
How Is Trichomoniasis Prevented?
You can take steps to lower your risk of getting trichomoniasis and other STIs. The following steps work best when used together:
For more information on trichomoniasis, contact womenshealth.gov at 1-800-994-9662 or the following organizations.
Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Vaginal Infections
Last Editorial Review: 3/20/2009
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