About Trichomoniasis

About Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a disease caused by the protozoan (inferior animal, usually microscopic, unicellular) “Trichomonas vaginalis”.

Typically, the parasite is present in the urinary tract, showing no symptoms and not affecting the body in any way other than in association with various other bacteria (bacillus coli, streptococcus, staphylococcus, etc.).

Urogenital trichomoniasis is a common condition that occurs especially in women aged between 16 and 35 years. It is mainly transmitted through sexual contact, but not necessarily, as the parasite can survive for several hours on various items: towels, bedding, door handles and even soap. Many will think (and are not to blame) that soap is “the one that cleanses” and in no way can be a means for transmitting diseases, but in the case of this parasite, things are a little different. Humidity and alkaline environment favors its survival and multiplication. Thus, it can survive up to 24 hours outside the human body.

Some authors do not recognize oral infection, but there have been cases where the protozoan in question has caused pneumonia, bronchitis or oral lesions.

Males rarely show symptoms of this infection, so, in most cases, they are just carriers and only discover the infection that needs treatment after having infected a female partner. Even if this is extremely rare, men may also show clear signs of infection in the form of urethral secretions that occur in the morning, around the urethral opening, having an aspect of a wet membrane.

Unfortunately, this infection and the inflammation it causes is one of the factors favoring the appearance of cancerous tumors, especially in the prostate.

In women, the disease produces malodorous vaginal discharge and severe pain in the genital area. In addition, if not cured on time, women will have to endure constant vaginal pain, with increased intensity during sexual intercourse.

Women are diagnosed by a microscopic analysis of the vaginal secretion or by performing a laboratory analysis of the first urine (in the morning). If your menstrual cycle is regular, the more accurate are the secretion samples taken four days before and six after menstruations’ coming (without prior washing of the vagina).

Trichomoniasis in men is diagnosed by obtaining urethral secretion, resulting from prostate massage or from samples taken from the first urination in the morning. Further analysis are indicated, in order to discover any other infections, especially Syphilis or HIV.

Although it can be contracted also in other ways, Trichomoniasis is, however, a sexually transmitted disease and therefore therapy is mandatory for both partners. If they are treated together and there are no other risks of reinfection, within a maximum of 10 days, the condition will be fully cured. It should be noted that alcohol consumption is not indicated during treatment.

Attention! Healing brings no immunity, so the risk of reinfection remains same high.

Prevention is the mother of wisdom! So, using the CONDOM on every occasion can only be beneficial. Sexually transmitted diseases are numerous, some can be avoided, some not... but most of the time, that little latex balloon does its duty very well.