STDs & Safe Sex
What is it?
Short for Trichomoniasis, this infection of the genitals is caused by a parasite. It is acquired through vaginal sex.
How is it harmful?
Left untreated, Trich leaves you at increased risk for other STDs, including HIV. In women, trich can cause complications during pregnancy.
What are the symptoms?
Often there are no symptoms. For women who do experience symptoms, they may notice a frothy, smelly, yellowish-green vaginal discharge, or genital area discomfort. Men who have symptoms may temporarily have a discharge from the penis, slight burning after urination or ejaculation, or an irritation in the penis.
How do you treat it?
Antibiotics can cure the infection. To prevent passing the infection back and forth, make sure your partner is tested and treated. Both partners should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.