Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted parasitic infection that is easily treated with antiobiotics, such as tinidazole or metronidazole. When getting treatment for trichomoniasis it is important that your sexual partner(s) get treated, as well, or you might end up passing the infection back and forth.
What to Do While Being Treated
If you are being treated for trichomoniasis, take all the medication your healthcare provider prescribes, exactly as directed. You should also wait at least a week after finishing the treatment before you have sex again. This is about how long it takes for the medicine to rid your body of the infection completely. You can also be reinfected with trichomoniasis if you are exposed to it again.
How You Contract Trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis is most commonly passed through vaginal sex, although the parasite that causes the sexually transmitted infection (STI) can be found in vaginal fluids, pre-cum, and semen. Therefore, you could get it if you touch your genitals or your partner’s genitals with infected fluids on your hands or share sex toys with someone who has the infection.
If you think you might have been exposed to trichomoniasis, get tested. Many people don’t experience symptoms, so regular testing is suggested. If you do test positive, treatment for this STI is easy. Your healthcare provider will prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection quickly.