Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease. It can affect any sexually active person although it is more common in women aged 16 to 35 years. Additionally, trichomoniasis is 10 times more common in African American women than it is in Mexican and white Americans 1.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a protozoan called trichomonas vaginalis. This means that the infection is transmitted through unprotected intercourse. In most cases, trichomoniasis affects the vulva, vagina, urethra or cervix in women; and the urethra in men. The infection has an incubation period of 5 to 28 days within which symptoms appear. However, for unknown reasons, about 70% of people with the infection do not get trichomoniasis symptoms 2.
Symptom #1: Vaginal Discharge
While it can be normal to have a clear or milky white vaginal discharge, if you notice a change in color or consistency, this could be a symptom of trichomoniasis. In the event that there is such infection present, an inflammatory process of the affected area will ensue, and white blood cells will start working on overdrive to fight the infection. As a result, both men and women can experience abnormal discharge from the urogenital tract.
Women can experience abnormal yellow-green vaginal discharge of purulent, bloody or frothy characteristics. Conversely, men with trichomoniasis are more likely than women to be asymptomatic.