Can You Get Trichomoniasis From A Toilet Seat?

Trichomoniasis or trich is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a one celled protozoa called Trichomonas vaginalis. This organism causes the infection of the urethra in men while infection occurs in both the urethra and vagina in women. A person cannot  contract trichomoniasis vaginalis by physical contact such as hugging, kissing, the organism is primarily transmitted through sexual contact involving the genitals. The organism typically infects the squamous epithelial tissues of the genital tract. Trichomonas vaginalis can also be transmitted prenatally and cause respiratory and vaginal infections in neonates. Having trichomoniasis can mean one is already infected with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) which may include Chlamydia and both are curable. However, treatment may differ. It is important therefore to have yourself tested before treatment begins so as to know the specific treatment requiredClick Here to Read : All You Need to Know About Trichomoniasis

Can You Get Trichomoniasis From A Toilet Seat?

This is one question that many have been asking, the simple answer to this question is YES toilet seat can spread Trichomonas vaginalis as well as many other sexually transmitted diseases.  A Study published in the Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Disease and STD asserted that, extensive literature search showed that the nonsexual transmission of trichomonas can occur through fomites like toilet seats, swimming pools and wet towels. A classical case of such transmission is seen in the case of the Zambian adolescent virgins who showed a high prevalence of trichomoniasis, as a result of sharing of bathing water. This proves that trichomoniasis is not always sexually transmitted. This is possible because trichomonads survive best in warm or moist environments. There is a high possibility of infection being transmitted in whirlpools or similar warm public baths such as swimming pools and so women with trichomoniasis are advised to stay out of public baths so that the condition does not spread. This also explains why you can get trichomoniasis without being sexually active.Read: How Can You Get Trichomoniasis If No One Cheats?

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