Trichomoniasis - What Increases Your Risk
Those most affected by
trichomoniasis (trich) are sexually active women ages 16
to 35. It is thought that 1 out of 5
women in this age group will become infected at some time.4
Behaviors that will increase your risk of
getting trich include:
- Not using condoms when having sex with a new partner or a partner
who may have been exposed to a
sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is possible for
a partner to transmit the trich
parasite without having any symptoms of the
- Having many sex partners, which increases your risk of being
exposed to someone who has trich.
Teenagers and young adults are at higher risk for
getting trich and other STIs, because their sex partners often have had other
recent partners who may carry an STI.
You can get other STIs, such as
syphilis, at the same time you get a trich infection.
If one STI is diagnosed, testing for other STIs should be done so that all
infections can be treated at the same time.
Some infections that
can be spread through sexual contact, such as the
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, are
life-threatening. Studies show that trich infection may increase the risk of
transmitting HIV infection.5 Health professionals
around the world are concerned about the increased risk of trichomoniasis and
Women who have trich may also be at risk for other vaginal
infections. About 20% of women with trich also have a
yeast infection and many also have