Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite. It is more commonly seen in women and much less often in men.
Trichomoniasis is transmitted by vaginal (front hole) sex. It can also be transferred by hands or sex toys to the genitals.
Some women can have no symptoms but some women may notice a yellowy green, ‘frothy’ discharge from the vagina (front-hole), and unpleasant odour and vaginal (front-hole) itching.
Men usually do not develop any symptoms although may carry trichomoniasis. Some symptoms can include discharge from the penis or burning when urinating (peeing).
For women, the doctor will take a look at the vagina (front-hole) and a swab or urine (pee) test is required.
For men, a swab will be taken from the penis if discharge is present or a urine (pee) sample.
Trichomoniasis can be treated with a course of antibiotics.
Using condoms and lube can minimise the risk of trichomoniasis and other STIs. Do not share sex toys. All sexual partners should be treated regardless of having any symptoms or not to prevent reinfection.