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What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?

The symptoms of trichomoniasis vary between men and women. Most men infected with the parasite Trichomonas have no symptoms. When symptoms occur, men may experience irritation inside the penis, discharge or slight burning after urination or ejaculation. When men have symptoms, they often subside without treatment after a week or more. Although trichomoniasis is often asymptomatic in males, if left untreated it can cause urethral infections, particularly urethritis, and can lead to reinfection of the woman.

Most women are also asymptomatic. Some women with the infection experience a frothy, yellow-green vaginal discharge with a strong odor, discomfort during intercourse, pain during urination, itching in the genital area or spotting between periods. In rare cases, pain in the lower abdomen can occur. Women infected with Trichomonas are more at risk for acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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