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- Women 50 and older had the highest rate of infection.
- Women 40 and older had the second highest rate of infection.
This was an infection previously believed to be a problem primarily for more younger sexually active woman who had several partner, and also for those having unprotected sex.
Trichomonas also known as Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted infection like HPV, which affects both woman and men. Unlike HPV, trichomonas is the most common CURABLE STI in sexually active women. According to the CDC an estimated 7.4 million new cases occur each year in women and men. Trichomonas is caused by the single celled protzoan parasite. The vagina is the most common site of infection in women, and the urethra (urine canal) in men. The parasite is transmitted from the penis to vagina (via intercourse) or vulva to vulva contct with an infected partner. Women can get infected through infected men and women, but men usually contract the infection from an infected woman.
Symptoms for MEN
Men usually have no symptoms but some men may experience:
- Irritation inside the penis
- mild discharge
- burning after urination or ejaculation
- Vaginal discharge (yellow-green)
- Vaginal irritation or itching
- Vaginal odor (foul or strong smell)
- Discomfort with intercourse
- Vulvar itching or swelling
The infection can be CURED with prescription drug (antibiotics) given by mouth. Both partners should be treated at the same time in order to eliminate the possibility of continuing to pass it to one another and also to effectively rid themselves of the parasite.