Like all sexually transmitted infections, trichomoniasis is relatively common and is usually spread by having unprotected sex. It affects both men and women, with symptoms tending to appear 5 to 28 days after exposure to the infection. However, men very rarely present any symptoms when they are infected, and approximately 50% of women present no symptoms at all. But if symptoms do appear, then women can look forward to soreness, inflammation and itching around the vagina; a fishy-smelling discharge that may appear thicker, thinner, frothy or yellow or green in colour; pain or discomfort when passing urine; discomfort during sexual intercourse; and pain in the lower abdomen. Men can also experience pain after urination and ejaculation; thin white discharge from the penis; and similar discomfort during sexual intercourse. Trichomoniasis is usually treated quickly and easily with an antibiotic that, if taken correctly, is at least 95% effective. But let’s be honest, it’s probably easier to just wear a condom.
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