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Sexual Education Can Prevent Trichomoniasis

Apr 7, 2008
Trichomoniasis is a very common infection which can be transmitted easily and can affect 30% of the sexually active women and 25% in the case of men. It is a disease that affects only the genital and urinary areas, thus the urethra for men and the urethra and vagina in women.

The infection is caused by a microorganism, actually by a microscopic parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis.

Trichomoniasis can be contracted through vaginal sex and use of contaminated sexual toys which is now in vogue. The disease is not transferable through oral sex. However, use of protection should not be disregarded notwithstanding your sexual preferences.

Knowing that the parasite can live for sometime outside its human host, care should be taken not to touch infected underwear as this could also trigger the infection.

Girls should take precaution when borrowing personal garments such as bathing suits or underpants as they could get infected if the owner of these things is infected. Using other people's towel, especially for drying the genital area could really be a big risk. It would be much more preferable to be cautious than to acquire the disease and have it treated afterwards.

Then again, the mother can transmit the infection to her baby girl.

Infected men generally do not develop symptoms and the so the infection is rarely detected. Thus, the possibility of repeatedly contracting the disease is high.

Trichomonas Vaginalis is a parasite, not a microbe or a virus, thus it is not capable of living long outside its natural environment. It could only exist outside the body for an hour or two. In fact, there is a remote possibility of contracting the disease from public bathrooms at hostels as most people are already conscious of this possibility.

Because of the wet environment, the parasite prefers to live in the vagina. Especially during periods in between menstruations, women tend to produce more secretions and this becomes an opportune time for the parasite to develop. There are also other micro-organisms found in the vagina that normally exist there.

Minor traumas can occur during the sexual intercourse. This may result in the development of small lesions which is not felt and noticed. Despite the fact that the men's urethra is not a site where the parasite can develop, they can also exist there.

Now, you already have a better understanding of the disease and its varying effect on men and women. The disease can infect young women, especially at the start of their sexual life. If the infection happens, there will be a noticeable profuse white or greenish vaginal discharge with a very unpleasant odour. There will be a slight burning sensation, pain and itching with the development of red patches between the legs. Pain will be felt during sex, so you would prefer not to have it. Additionally, it's possible to develop another complication, called inguinal adenopathy.
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