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Trichomoniasis can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because there are a lot of conditions and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that can produce similar symptoms.
If you do not want to visit your GP, you could go to your local genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic, where they will be able to test and treat your infection. Find your nearest sexual health clinic
If your GP or nurseÂ suspects you have trichomoniasis, they will usually carry out an examination of your genital area.
In women, trichomoniasis may cause red blotches on the walls of the vagina and on the cervix (the neck of the womb).
If you are a male with suspected trichomoniasis, your GP or nurseÂ will examine your penis to check for any signs of inflammation.
After your physical examination, your GP or nurse may need to take a swab from either the vagina or penis so that it can be tested for the trichomoniasis infection. The swab will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. It may take several days for the results to come back.Â Â
If your GP or nurseÂ strongly suspects that you have trichomoniasis, you may be advised to begin a course of treatment before your results are back. This will ensure that your infection is treated as soon as possible and reduces the risk of the infection spreading.
Sometimes, the result ofÂ a routine smear test may report that 'organisms consistent with trichomonas vaginalis have been seen'. This does not necessarily mean that you have trichomoniasis, so do not assume that you have an STI until further tests have been done.
AÂ urine sample from a man can also be tested for trichomoniasis.
If the test shows that you have trichomoniasis, it isÂ very important that your current sexual partner and any other recent partners are also tested and treated. The staff at the clinic or general practice can discuss with you which of your sexual partners may need to be tested.
You may be given a âcontact slipâ to send or give to your partner(s) or, with your permission, the clinic can do this for you. The slip explains that they may have been exposed toÂ an STIÂ and suggests that they go for a check-up. It may or may not say what the infection is. It will not have your name on it, so your confidentiality is protected. This is called partner notification. You are strongly advised to tell your partner(s), but it is not compulsory.
If you haveÂ had trichomoniasis and been cured, there isÂ no need to tell any future partners that you had it.
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