Trichomonas Vaginalisis the most common sexually transmitted disease that is curable in young women. Men have been known to acquire TV and usually are unaware of being infected. Many sex partners, especially males, will unknowingly pass the infection onto other sex partners. When a woman seeks treatment, this is when it is discovered in the male partner. Both partners will need to be treated. Many new cases of drug resistant Trichomonas Vaginalis have been documented recently in San Jose.
What is Trichomonas Vaginalis
Trichomonas Vaginalis, or TV, is an infection caused by a protozoan parasite. The parasite is transferred during sexual intercourse. Women are more commonly infected in the vaginal area. Men will be infected in the urethra area of the penis. The parasite rarely attacks other parts of the body such as hands, mouth or anus. The TV parasite has been documented to pass from vagina to another vagina during sexual exploration. Even when symptoms are not noticed the parasites can continue to spread the TV infection to others.
Symptoms of Trichomoniasis
For women and men, symptoms can appear as early as five days after the initial infection. Some symptoms may take up to 28 days after the exposure for some women to have signs or show symptoms of an infection. Women will experience painful urination, discomfort during sexual intercourse, itching and smelly discharge from the vaginal area. Men will experience painful urination, itching and irritation inside the penis. Some men will have penile discharge. When any symptom occurs, medical attention and STD testing should be pursued. Early detection, treatment along with follow-up visits is needed to cure TV and to rule out a possible drug resistant strain of the parasite.
Complications of Trichomoniasis
Undiagnosed TV can lead to unpleasant sexual experiences and the infection can last for months when left untreated. TV as with other STDs that are left undiagnosed can open the body up to other sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Trichomonas Vaginalis causes inflammation of the genital area making the infected easier to acquire the HIV virus. Undiagnosed STDs continue to be passed on to others until one sexual partner has sought out STD testing in San Jose and treatment. The concern in San Jose is the infection going, not only undiagnosed, but drug resistant trichomonas is unresponsive to treatment protocols set up for TV. The STD testing, results and treatment plan are being fully discussed with clients with emphasis on follow-ups for the infection to be cured and sexual health to be restored.