Understanding the Trich Infection
So choma, I’ve pretty much discussed most of the well-known sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with you and how they affect you, but here’s a not so popular one that you should know about. Trichomoniasis, AKA “Trich” is an easily treatable infection that’s caused by a one cell organism called Trichomonas. Vaginalis that travels to the vagina, urethra and bladder and can only be passed on through unprotected sex. Mostly women are affected by this STI because of our biological vulnerability to STIs but men can get it too.
The danger with this STI is that it’s really common but not many infected people know they have it, choma. This is because it hardly ever shows any symptoms, so it’s important that you understand that ‘no symptoms’ doesn’t always mean ‘no problem’. The best way to keep yourself in check is to go out and get tested at your healthcare provider or your clinic regularly. But in the meantime, here are some symptoms that have been recorded in various studies.
Common symptoms in women:
- Frothy, white, grey, yellow, or green unpleasant smelling discharge.
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding, burning or itching and redness or swelling.
- Frequent need to urinate.
- Pain during sex or urination.
Common symptoms in men:
- Discharge from the urethra.
- Burning while urinating.
- Frequent urination.
If Trichomoniasis goes untreated, it can increase your risk of contracting and spreading other STIs because of the added vulnerability to infection. For example, if you have genital inflammation as a result of Trich, you’re at a higher risk of getting and spreading HIV to or from your partner.
Luckily, Trich is pretty easy to treat. If you’ve been tested positive for this STI, your healthcare provider will prescribe you and your partner with an antibiotic to make sure you’re both free from the infection, which should be cleared up in a week’s time. While you’re on the treatment, it’s best to stay away from having sex until you have both finished the course of the medicine. It is also important to also stay away from alcohol while taking it or you could find yourself suffering from a bad case of nausea and vomiting. Basically, this means you and your partner have time to be more creative and find different ways to have intimate fun together, choma - a great team building exercise!
All in all choma, the only way to truly avoid getting infected with Trich, and any STI out there, is to put off having sex until you’re 100% ready and you know all the risks involved. There’s absolutely no shame in waiting because you want to protect yourself. If you’re already sexually active, the most effective form of protection is using a condom every time you have sex. Also remember to schedule regular visits to your healthcare provider. Most importantly, using a condom - which you should be using all the time anyway, and lastly, chatting to me in the comments below if you have any questions and concerns.
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