Trichomoniasis

trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is an infection which is transmitted through intimate sexual contact

Trichomoniasis is an infection which is transmitted through intimate sexual contact. It is caused by a parasite, a small organism, called Trichomonas vaginalis. This organism is usually spread from one person to another during sexual contact.

The parasite can live outside of a host for about 45 minutes. Although very rare, it is technically possible to contract trichomoniasis from genital contact with wet, used towels and toilet seats.

Trichomoniasis is one of the more common sexually transmitted diseases but is fortunately easy to cure in most cases. Many people who are infected don’t know they are infected because Trichomonas vaginalis only causes symptoms in about 30% of people who are infected. According to research, approximately 3.4 million people in the United States are infected with Trichomonas vaginalis each year. Some studies suggest that this figure may be too low. Women are more easily infected with Trichomonas than men. Women also develop symptoms of trichomoniasis easier than men. People who have the infection but do not have any symptoms are still able to pass the infection on to their sexual partner.