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trichomonas vaginalis

Sexually Transmitted Infections.

What is it?

Trichomonas Trichomonas vaginalis sometimes called TV is a sexually transmitted infection found in men and women in their most sexually active years (16 – 35). You can get it through oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby. It can be difficult to detect in men

What are the symptoms?

In women

In men

What is it caused by?

A parasite.

How is it diagnosed?

By taking a swab.

How is it treated?

By taking a longer course of antibiotics. Your partner should be tested and treated.

What can happen if it’s not treated?

There is a high rate of re infection if current sexual partners are not treated.

Safer Sex

You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection, so if you are having sex (oral, anal or vaginal) the only way to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk is to practise safer sex.
This means:

Condoms / Femidoms also protect you from other STIs including HIV. Always check the packaging for the British Standard kitemark or European product mark as well as the date of expiry.

Free condoms are available throughout Dumfries & Galloway. See the Clinic List.

Testing and treatment is available from:

  • General Practitioners
  • Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
    Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
    Mon 4.30-6.00pm
  • Stranraer Community Hospital
    Drop In Every Monday 5.00 - 6.30pm
    Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am
Tel: 0345 702 3687 for other appointments