Trichomoniasis vaginalis is a microscopic parasite found worldwide. Trichomoniasis affects both men and women. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. This disease is found primarily in 16 to 35 year old women. Trichomoniasis is spread through sexual activity. Infection is more common in women who have had multiple sexual partners.
The parasite is sexually transmitted through penis-to- vagina intercourse or vulva-to-vulva contact with an infected partner. Women can become infected from infected men or women, but men usually get the disease only from infected women. Many women have signs or symptoms of infection which include a frothy, yellow-green vaginal discharge with a strong odor. The infection also may cause discomfort during intercourse and urination, as well as irritation and itching of the female genital area. When symptoms are present in men, they most commonly are discharge from the urethra, the urge to urinate and a burning sensation with urination.
Scientists are finding that trichomonas vaginalis may be one of the most important factors that make it easier for a person to become infected with the HIV/AIDS virus.
The surest way to avoid infection with any sexually transmitted disease, including Trichomoniasis, is to practice sexual abstinence while single. If you marry, select a partner who is not infected with an STD and remain sexually faithful during marriage.