What are the symptoms of Trichomonas in men?

Trichomonas, or ‘trich’, is one of the most treatable sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  Men and women get and give each other trich, and in this article we’ll look at the symptoms in men and treatment you need.

For women who think they may have trich, see this article. 

What are the symptoms of trich in men?

You may have:

  • discharge from the penis
  • burning or pain when you pee
  • a need to pee more often
  • no symptoms at all.  About half of all men and women with trich don’t have symptoms, which means that they can unknowingly pass it on to other partners.

What tests will the doctor do for trichomonas?

Although the doctor will listen to your symptoms, s/he will need to take a swab for testing in the lab to confirm that you have symptoms of trichomonas.

Trich is a sexually transmitted disease so you should talk to your doctor about tests for other STDs while you’re with him/her.

What is the treatment for trich?

Trich is considered one of the most curable STDs.  You will need a single dose of antibiotic from the doctor.

These antibiotics are either metronidazole or tinidanzole.  You should avoid alcohol when you take them and for 48 hours after as you may vomit, experience flushing or heart palpitations.

What causes trich?

This is an infection by a parasite.   It is transferred from the inside of the penis to the vagina during sex and from vagina to penis.

Who gets trichonomonas?

Men and women can get this STD and it is highly infectious.

What’s the outcome for women with trichonomas?

An untreated infection can persist for many years and be passed on to other partners.

For pregnant women, there is a risk of miscarriage or early delivery and low birth weight babies.

For men and women there is an increased risk of infection with HIV/AIDS because the inflammation in the genital area makes it easier for the virus to be caught or passed on.

Trich is considered to be one of the most treatable STDs so a treated infection is cured (if symptoms don’t go then see your healthcare professional again).  However you can become re-infected via an infected and untreated partner.

How can I prevent trich?

Using condoms correctly will help to reduce your risk of being infected.

The only way to avoid infection completely is to abstain from sex.

How will trichomonas affect me?

Once trich has been diagnosed and correctly treated you should have no long lasting problems as long as you don’t also have any other STIs (see above).

It’s always worth getting treatment early if you suspect you may have an STI or are told by a partner (or a clinic contacting you on behalf of a partner) that you may be at risk of having trich.  Apart from your own personal health, you probably don’t want to be known as ‘the guy to gave a girl an infection.’

Medline Plus has more information for men and women with trichomonas.

If you’re worried about your symptoms or medical problem but don’t want to seek professional help because you feel embarrassed, silly or that it’s your fault in some way, read this page now:  How to talk to a doctor about an embarrassing problem.

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