Take measures to reduce your risk of
becoming infected with
trichomoniasis (trich) or other
sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as
syphilis. You can also reduce the risk of transmitting
an STI to your sex partner(s).
Practice safer sex
Preventing an STI is easier than
treating an infection after it occurs.
Talk with your partner about STIs before beginning a sexual
relationship. Find out if he or she is at risk for an STI. Remember that it is
quite possible to be infected with an STI without knowing it. It can take up to
6 months before some STIs, such as HIV, are detected in the blood.
Avoid sexual contact if you have symptoms of an STI or are
being treated for an STI.
Avoid all intimate sexual contact with anyone who has
symptoms of an STI.
Don't have more than one sex partner at a time. Your risk of
getting an STI increases if you have several sex partners at the same
Male condom use
Using condoms may reduce the risk of
becoming infected with an STI. Condoms must be put on before beginning any
sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner until you are certain he or she
does not have an STI. It is important that
you use a condom properly to prevent the risk of trich infection.
Female condom use
Even if you are using a birth
control method to prevent pregnancy, you may wish to use female condoms to reduce your
risk of getting an STI.