How Can You Get Trichomoniasis If No One Cheats
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. Click Here to Read : All You Need to Know About Trichomoniasis
Several studies have been carried out on the association between trichomonas vaginalis and other organism that cause similar infections, one particular study demonstrated the association between Trichomonas vaginalis and vaginitis, candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis. While another distinct study revealed the association between maternal trichomonas vaginalis and intellectual disability in children. Although rare, Trichomonas vaginalis could 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 required.
If I have Trichomoniasis Does It Mean My Boyfriend, Girlfriend or Partner Cheated?
Trichomoniasis infection cannot be used as a definite benchmark for infidelity or unfaithfulness even though the disease is transmitted primarily by sexual activity. Even if both partners are faithful, a Trichomonas vaginalis infection acquired prior to the relationship can persist if left untreated. This is why it is advised to see your doctor for a follow-up test for trichomoniasis at least three months after the completion of your treatment. The reinfection rate for women is almost as high as 17 percent in the three months after treatment. It is also important to note that reinfection is possible even if your partners were treated as well. An estimated 1 in 5 persons get infected again within 3 months after receiving treatment. In a cross-sectional study in conducted in Zambia, adolescent virgin girls showed a high prevalence of trichomoniasis, as a result of sharing of bathing water. This explains why you get trichomoniasis if no one cheats.
You Get Trichomoniasis From Toilet Seat or Towel?
Although trichomoniasis is usually transmitted sexually, it can sometimes be transmitted by non sexual means like damp or moist objects such as towels, wet clothing, or a toilet seat, 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 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.
Can a Child Get Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis may be spread from a mother to her baby during a vaginal delivery, but this is also rare. Girls can easily get trich from their infected mothers if they share items like towels or bathrooms.Symptoms of a trich infection in young children may also be a sign of sexual abuse.