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Trichomoniasis is a tiny parasite called trichomoniasis vaginalis and half or all people will not develop any symptoms

The most common symptoms

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  • Smelly discharge
    Smelly discharge

    Smelly discharge

  • Using the toilet more often
    Using the toilet more often

    Using the toilet more often

  • Pain when weeing
    Pain when weeing

    Pain when weeing


In Women

  • Thicker, thinner or frothy discharge that is a yellowy green colour
  • Producing more than normal discharge that may have an unpleasent fish like smell
  • Sweeling, soreness and itching around the vagina and inner thighs
  • Pain or discomfort when having sex or passing urine

In Men

  • Pain when passing urine or ejaculating
  • Needing to wee more often than usual
  • Thin, white discharge from the penis
  • Soreness, swelling and redness around the tip of the penis or foreskin

What does a check-up/test involve?

An examination of your genitals, swabbing the penis or vagina


Trichomoniasis is usually spread through unprotected sex but it can also be spread by sharing sex toys.

Most men and women are treated with an antibiotic that is usually taken twice a day for 5 to 7 days. The whole course of antibiotics must be taken and you must avoid having sex until the infection clears up

If left untreated?

The symptoms will continue, even is you show no signs then you will still pass on teh infection to a loved one.

If you are pregant and catch Trichomoniasis then there is a risk that your baby will be born prematurely and have a low birth weight.