Sexually Transmitted Infections.
What is it?
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?
- Frothy, smelly vaginal discharge
- Abdominal or vaginal pain
- Pain when passing urine ( peeing )
- Discharge from the penis
- Soreness around the penis and testicles
- Pain when passing urine ( peeing)
What is it caused by?
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.
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
- Always using condoms or femidoms (female condom inserted within the vagina) for vaginal sex.
- Always using condoms with water based lube for anal sex. Do not use condoms with spermicide if you are having anal sex.
- Always using flavoured condoms or dental dams (a latex shield that covers the mouth) when having oral sex.
- Trying non-penetrative sex like massage or mutual masturbation.
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 9.00-10.30am
- Stranraer Community Hospital
Drop In Wednesdays 12.30 -1.30pm