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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Posted on: 03/23/2006
How long can a female have trichomoniasis without knowing? Can it be transmitted from toilet seats? How long does it take to find out after you've had an examination?
Many women will be asymptomatic with trichomoniasis infection (in some studies 20 to 50 percent). Usually, symptoms will be most pronounced during the menstrual period. Symptoms include a malodorous, pruritic (itching) discharge and a sensation of irritation of the vagina. Discomfort or burning with urination (dysuria) and painful or uncomfortable intercourse (dyspareunia) are frequently noted symptoms as well. Trichomoniasis infection is sexually transmitted. A thorough pelvic examination and evaluation of the vaginal discharge under the microscope are needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment is either with Flagyl (metronidazole) or in some cases, tinidazole.