TV – Trichomonas Vaginalis – Trich – Trichomoniasis Information And Guidance 

What causes Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

How long does it take for Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV) to show?

What are the symptoms of Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

What is the treatment for Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

What complications can arise from Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

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What causes Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV) is a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas or 

Trichomoniasis – which is predominantly sexually transmitted because of the site at which it is found.

TV is one of the most common STIs in the world. 

 

How long does it take for Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV) to show?

  • Usually, it takes between 1and 2 weeks for Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV) to show – although it may lie dormant for a long time.
  • It is harder to detect in men than in women.

 

What are the symptoms of Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

Women may notice one or more symptoms:

  • Increased vaginal discharge which is yellow/grey, frothy and perhaps smelly (slightly fishy).
  • Soreness of your vagina and vulva.
  • Burning pain when passing urine.
  • Sex is uncomfortable.

Usually, men have no signs or symptoms. Occasionally, however:

  • You may have pain when passing urine.
  • There may be a discharge from your penis.
  • Usually, it presents as NSU.

 

What is the treatment for Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

Antibiotics are used to treat Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV).

Therefore, it’s important not to consume alcohol whilst taking these tablets, as the combination of alcohol and antibiotics may make you feel sick.

 

What complications can arise from Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)?

In rare cases, Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV) comes back even though both partners have been treated.

If this happens, a longer course of treatment with antibiotics is necessary.

 

Is TV linked with HIV? 

YES – if you have TV, you should be screened for HIV as they are often found together. Having said that, it is possible to have either infection independently of the other, too.

 





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