Trichomoniasis is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the U.S., with more than 3 million cases per year. It’s the most common curable STD. It is caused by a parasitic infection. Although there are various symptoms of the disease, about 70% of people who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected. Infection is more common in women than in men, with infections in older women being more likely than younger women.
The parasite that causes trichomoniasis is carried in sexual fluids like semen, pre-cum and vaginal fluids, so transmission of the infection happens during sexual intercourse. In women, the most commonly infected part of the body is the lower genital tract, including the vulva, vagina, cervix or urethra. In men, the urethra is the most commonly infected. However, it is not uncommon for the parasite to infect other body parts, like the hands, mouth or anus. The use of condoms and dental dams can prevent the transmission of trichomoniasis from one person to another. You should also avoid sharing sex toys to prevent the spread of trichomoniasis and other STDs.
Trichomoniasis is easily treated with antibiotics. However, just because you undergo treatment doesn’t mean you can’t get trichomoniasis again. About one in five people are infected again within three months of receiving treatment. To avoid being infected again, make sure your sexual partner(s) also receive treatment for trichomoniasis, and wait seven to ten days after completing treatment to be tested again.
If left untreated, trichomoniasis can cause problems during pregnancy, including low birth weight, preterm birth and preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM). If you are currently or plan to become pregnant and believe you might have trichomoniasis, you should get tested, as your healthcare provider will not test for trichomoniasis as part of routine prenatal care. It is unknown whether trichomoniasis can cause other long-term issues if left untreated.
Why Should I Order a Trichomoniasis Test?
Because trichomoniasis is so often asymptomatic, you may not know you have trichomoniasis unless you get tested for it. If you or your partner show signs of trichomoniasis, you should get tested. Trichomoniasis can also look like other common infections, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, a yeast infection or a UTI, so testing is the only way to know what you have and get treatment for it. If you or one of your sexual partners has exhibited symptoms of trichomoniasis, even if you haven’t experienced symptoms, you should get tested.
What Are the Symptoms of Trichomoniasis Test?
Many people who are infected with trichomoniasis do not experience signs or symptoms. The symptoms, when present, can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Symptoms usually appear within five to 28 days, but can also develop much later. Symptoms can come and go without the infection being cured. Symptoms, when present, can also look like symptoms of other STDs or infections.
Trichomoniasis can cause vaginitis in women. Symptoms of vaginitis caused by trichomoniasis include:
- Green, yellow, gray, frothy and/or bad-smelling vaginal discharge
- Bloody vaginal discharge
- Pain during sex
- Swelling around your genitalia
Other trichomoniasis symptoms can include:
- Itching or irritation inside the penis
- Burning after urination or ejaculation
- Discharge from the urethra
- Itching, burning, redness, swelling or soreness of the genitals
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding
- A change in vaginal discharge (viscosity, volume, color or smell)
How Long Should I Wait Before Getting Tested?
The incubation period between exposure to trichomoniasis and infection is unknown, but is generally thought to range between the five to 28 days when symptoms first appear. If you experience any symptoms, you should get tested. Otherwise, you should wait the full 28 days after you suspect you have been exposed to the parasite before getting tested. Getting tested before the parasite has infected you can cause inaccurate test results.
What Are the Benefits of a Trichomoniasis Test?
You could have trichomoniasis without noticing any symptoms, or the symptoms could look like another STD. The only way to know for sure if you have trichomoniasis or not is to get tested. That way, you can know for sure, seek treatment and be cured of the infection.
With Priority STD Testing, you can order trichomoniasis testing online the moment you decide to get tested. If you’d like to schedule your trichomoniasis testing over the phone, our care counselors are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST. When ordering over the phone, our care counselors can set up an appointment for you at a local clinic as well as answer any questions you may have. You can order trichomoniasis testing online at any time. Simply select the test and the testing center nearest you to set up an appointment.
At Priority STD Testing, we strive to make regular STD testing affordable, especially for individuals without insurance. We do not accept any form of private or federal health insurance, with the exception of allowing the use of health savings account (HSA) cards for payment. We do this so that your test results are not communicated to your insurance company and are not included as part of your medical record.
Peace of Mind
The sooner you know you have trichomoniasis, the sooner you can begin treatment and get cured. Getting tested is the only way to begin treatment and give you the peace of mind of knowing whether or not you have contracted the parasite and can begin treatment. You can get your results within 24 to 72 hours of testing by calling our care counselor line. Results will never be sent to you unless you have called and requested them.
How Do I Order a Trichomoniasis Test?
Ordering trichomoniasis testing through Priority STD Testing is easy and can be done either online or by phone. You can call any time Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST, and our care counselors are ready to schedule your testing appointment and answer any questions you might have. Our online ordering system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.