How is trichomoniasis detected in men?


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According to WebMD, because Trichomoniasis is usually asymptomatic in men, diagnosis is dependent on a lab exam of urethral fluid. Presence of the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis notes a positive diagnosis. When symptoms are present men can experience burning after ejaculation or urination, irritation inside the penis and a mild discharge.

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Healthline warns that only 30 percent of affected people have symptoms, for both males and females. Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease. It is cured by taking an oral antibiotic. However, individuals can become re-infected. Symptoms can appear at any time but typically appear between five and 28 days after infection and can appear sporadically. Alcohol consumption causes nausea and vomiting while on the oral antibiotic and therefore should be avoided. Trichomoniasis infection in women is associated with low birth weight babies and premature births.

WebMD advises sexual abstinence during infection and treatment. Trichomoniasis infection is associated with a higher risk of HIV infection upon exposure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe Trichomoniasis as the most common sexually transmitted disease that can be cured. It is passed from genital to genital during sexual intercourse and is rarely found in other parts of the body. One out of five people are re-infected within three months of treatment. Safe sex practices prevent infection.

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