How Did this Happen?

  • Trich is caused by a tiny one-celled organism
  • Transmitted through unprotected sex – anal, oral, vagina;
  • Occasionally transmitted by sharing wet towels, underwear or sex toys that have not been cleaned

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Symptoms appear between 3-28 days after infection
  • Yellowish-green vaginal discharge with a foul odor
  • Redness, irritation and swelling of the vulva
  • Painful urination and pelvic discomfort
  • Men have no symptoms!

What can I do now?

  • Antibiotics/Anti-protozoals are used to treat trichomoniasis
  • Both partners must be treated to avoid re-infection
  • Avoid sex – anal, oral and vaginal – during treatment

If I Ignore It, Maybe It Will Go Away?

  • No. If you notice any of the above symptoms, get tested
  • If left untreated, trich may lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), premature labor, low birth weight and increased for infection with other STIs

How Can I keep this from Happening Again?

  • Use condoms and/or dental dams consistently and correctly for anal, oral and vaginal sex
  • Clean sex toys with soap and water and let dry thoroughly