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.
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