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Trichomoniasis (trick-o-moe-NYE-ah-sis), is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). It is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. The infection can happen to both men and women. It is passed during sexual contact with an infected person.
Some males have a slight mucus-like discharge from the penis and slight pain or burning when they urinate. Most males have no symptoms but they may carry the germs and can pass them to their partner during sexual contact.
The doctor will take a small amount of fluid from the penis or vagina. The sample will be placed on a glass slide to be examined under a microscope. A separate test to grow the germ in the laboratory may be done as well. The germ may also be detected from a Pap smear.
If the Trichomonas germ is found, the doctor will write a prescription for antibiotics. The medicine must be taken as ordered to be effective.
Abstinence (not having sex) is the only 100% effective way to prevent Trichomoniasis, other STI's and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). If you choose to have sex, you can do some things that might help prevent the spread of other STI's:
If you have any questions, call the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at (614) 722-2450. For more information, you may also call the National STD Hotline at 1-800-227-8922, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or you can get information at http://www.ashastd.org/sitemap.cfm.
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