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Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)

What is it?

TV is an infection caused by a parasite that can be carried and passed on by men and women during sexual contact.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of Trichomonas Vaginalis can show 3-21 days after coming into contact with the infection although as many as half of the people with TV don't have any symptoms at all. If you do show symptoms, they may be:

In Men

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain when you wee
  • Abdominal pain

In Women

  • Pain when you wee/have sex
  • A change in your discharge
  • Abdominal pain

Tests and treatment

If you think that you may have TV a nurse or doctor will take a swab of cells from an area where TV may be found, i.e. the vagina, genital region or the urethra. A urine sample may also be requested. If TV is found is can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

What can happen if its not treated?

On some occasions TV may cure itself however if you delay treatment you may pass it on to someone else.

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