Diagnosis is made by microscopic examination or culture of discharge from the vagina or penis.
(time between becoming infected and developing symptoms)
4 to 28 days, average 7 days, but symptoms may not develop.
(time during which an infected person can infect others)
The duration of the infection, which may last for years. People with infections but who have no symptoms are still able to transmit the infection to others.
Treatment for Trichomonia infection
Treatment may be a single oral dose of an antibiotic, or may require a longer course of treatment. Pregnant women may be advised to use pessaries (tablets inserted into the vagina), as the oral drug is best avoided, if possible, during pregnancy.
Practise safer sex.
No sex until antibiotic treatment is completed and your usual sexual partner has completed treatment.
All sexual partners need to be contacted, tested and treated, if indicated. Even if partners have no symptoms they may be able to transmit infection to other sexual partners.
Testing to exclude other sexually transmitted infections is advisable.
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