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What is trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis is the most common curable sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. In recent years, diagnosing and treating this disease has received more attention as new research has shown that it is not as harmless as was once thought.

The organisms that cause trichomoniasis are protozoans (the simplest, single-cell organism in the animal kingdom). These protozoans, called trichomonads, can infect other areas of the body, but Trichomonas vaginalis is responsible for genital infection and vaginitis. This parasite resides primarily in the vagina and/or bladder, where body temperature, low oxygen environment and moisture allow it to grow and multiply.

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