Diagnosis of trichomoniasis

It is difficult to diagnose trichomoniasis on symptoms and history. Many other sexually transmitted diseases may present in a similar type of way. That is why it is best for any man who suspects he might have trichomoniasis to be checked out by a medical professional. The diagnosis of trichomoniasis is briefly discussed under the following headings:

  • History
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    A medical history is always a good place to start when diagnosing any particular condition

    A medical history is always a good place to start when diagnosing any particular condition. The doctor will ask about symptoms and signs. It is important to report any other conditions and any other treatments. The doctor should also enquire about sexual history to determine if any risky behaviour is present.

  • Physical examination
  • The physical examination should include a brief systemic examination including vital signs. An examination of the genitals can help to determine which sexually transmitted disease is present. The doctor is usually not able to diagnose trichomoniasis just from history and examination alone. If a frothy, foul-smelling discharge is present trichomoniasis is very likely.

  • Laboratory tests
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    Laboratory tests of urine sample

    A sample of vaginal or urethral fluid is obtained and studied under a microscope to detect the Trichomonas parasite. This infection is usually easier to diagnose in women as fluid for sampling is easier to obtain. The collection of fluid is not painful and is a quick and easy test to perform. It might take a while for the results to be obtained depending on the available lab facilities.

  • Urine sample
  • It is sometimes possible to diagnose trichomoniasis by urine analysis. The symptoms and signs may be similar to a urine infection. That is why it is a good idea to rule out a urinary tract infection.