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Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects both women and men, with an estimated 7.4 million new cases occurring each year. It is caused by a tiny, single-celled parasite. It is easily treatable once diagnosed.

Most men with trichomoniasis do not have signs or symptoms; however, some may temporarily experience a mild discharge or irritation after urination or ejaculation. Among women, signs or symptoms of infection may include a vaginal discharge, discomfort during intercourse and urination, irritation and itching of the genital area, or, more rarely, lower abdominal pain.

Pregnant women with trichomoniasis may have babies who are born early or with low birth weight (under 5.5 pounds). The infection also makes women more susceptible to HIV infection.

Trichomoniasis can usually be cured with prescription drugs given by mouth in a single dose. To prevent reinfection, both sexual partners are usually treated at the same time to eliminate the parasite.

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