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Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)

Description:

It is a parasitic infection.

Effects:

  • You can pass it on to your sexual partner(s)
  • It may cause problems in pregnancy such as premature labour and low birth weight

Cause:

  • Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex
  • Intimate genital contact

Symptoms:

Women:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Burning or stinging sensation when you pass urine
  • Offensive smell

Men:

  • Discharge from penis
  • Rash on the penis
  • Rarely, burning or stinging sensation when you pass urine

Treatment:

  • Antibiotics – for you and your partner(s)

Prevention:

  • Protect your sexual health - always use a new condom correctly and put it on before you have sex

(Source: Health Service Executive (HSE), 2007)

HPSC factsheet about Trichomoniasis