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Can be acquired by individuals engaging in unprotected sex with a partner who has trichomoniasis.

  • Penis to a vagina during sexual intercourse, or from a vagina to a penis
  • Possible for the infection to spread from one vagina to another.

Trichomoniasis rarely infects other body parts, such as the hands, mouth, or anus.


Approximately 70% of individuals infected with trichomoniasis may not experience any noticeable signs or symptoms. However, when symptoms do occur, they can vary from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Onset of symptoms can take place between 5 to 28 days after contracting the infection, but some individuals may not manifest symptoms until much later. Additionally, symptoms may come and go over time.

In men, trichomoniasis may present with the following symptoms:

  • Itching or irritation inside the penis.
  • Burning sensation after urination or ejaculation.
  • Discharge from the penis.

Women with trichomoniasis may observe the following symptoms:

  • Itching, burning, redness, or soreness of the genital area.
  • Discomfort while urinating.
  • A clear, white, yellowish, or greenish vaginal discharge (thin or increased volume) with a fishy smell.

If left untreated:

Trichomoniasis can lead to discomfort during sexual intercourse. If left untreated, the infection can persist for months or even years. Seeking timely treatment is crucial to manage the infection effectively and prevent potential complications.