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Trichomoniasis vaginalis (TV)

Trichomoniasis vaginalis is nearly always passed from one person to another through unprotected vaginal sex. It can also be spread through sharing sex toys if you don’t wash them or cover them with a new condom each time they’re used, but this is rare.


Symptoms for people with a vagina 

  • A frothy yellow or watery vaginal discharge with unpleasant smell
  • Soreness or itching around the vagina
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Lower tummy pain
  • Pain during sex and while peeing
  • Itchy inner thighs

Symptoms for people with a penis 

  • Thin, white discharge from the penis
  • Itching, swelling and soreness of the penis
  • Pain during ejaculation and while peeing
  • Needing to pee more often

You don’t have to have many sexual partners to catch trichomoniasis. Anyone who is sexually active can catch it and pass it on.

You can’t get TV from hugging, kissing, sharing cups, plates or cutlery and towels.

Download our patient leaflet for more information.