Skip to main content

Trichomoniasis facts

Trichomoniasis facts

Signs and symptoms

  • Most men, and many women, have no symptoms.
  • Symptoms in women usually appear between 5 and 28 days of exposure.
  • Yellow-green vaginal discharge Men may have a discharge from their penis.
  • Discomfort while peeing.
  • Irritation or itching around the vagina.
  • Lower abdominal pain (women).


  • Vaginal sex.


  • Abstain from vaginal sex.
  • Use condoms/barriers consistently and correctly during oral, anal or vaginal sex.
  • Get early treatment for STDs.
  • Get an infected partner treated.
  • If a partner has trich, do not have sex until they complete treatment.


  • See a health care provider for exam and tests to figure out the best treatment.
  • Treatment includes medicines prescribed by a health care provider.
  • Sexual partners should get treated, too.

If not treated...

  • May increase risk for getting HIV.
  • May increase risk of passing HIV to a partner if you are HIV positive.

If you have trichomoniasis...

  • Refrain from vaginal sex.
  • Seek medical care, including STD tests.
  • Do not have sex until you have completed treatment.
  • Take all medicines prescribed, even if your symptoms are gone.
  • Re-test in 3 months.
  • Make sure all recent sex partners are treated.
  • Get yearly STD screens if sexually active.
  • If you are pregnant, get tested for STDs and HIV.