What is Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite. It is extremely common and easy to treat but it is often asymptomatic, making it difficult to detect.
Usually, a trichomoniasis urine test is the most effective way to collect a sample, but sometimes a doctor or lab technician will collect a swab. The samples will be sent away to a lab, where they will be examined by technicians. How long for trichomoniasis test results you will have to wait depends on how busy they are. The results can take days or weeks to arrive. The trichomoniasis testing window is usually between 5 and 28 days after infection.
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Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. It is sexually transmitted, including via unprotected oral and anal sex. While it most commonly affects females, men can carry, pass and develop trichomoniasis.
Not everyone that comes into contact with the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite will become infected. Likewise, it affects different people in different ways. Factors like age and strength of immune system might be involved in how badly each person reacts.
There are risk factors that make someone more likely to encounter the parasite, including having unprotected sex and multiple sexual partners. People who have had trichomoniasis or any other STD before are also more likely to develop it.
Trichomoniasis is treated with an oral antibiotic, usually metronidazole or tinidazole. It is really important to make sure your partner or partners are tested too. Otherwise, you will be reinfected immediately after the medication leaves your system. The treatment is simple and non-invasive, but you should avoid alcohol for a day either side of taking the tablet. It is also important not to have unprotected sex for a week after treating Trichomoniasis.
If you test positive for trichomoniasis, it might be a good idea to retest yourself a few months later. It is quite common for reinfection to occur with STDs, especially ones that display few symptoms.