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How can I lower my chances of getting trichomoniasis?

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The only way you can totally prevent trichomoniasis is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex -- but you can take some steps to lower your chances of getting it:

  • Always use latex condoms, and use them the right way. This helps, but won’t totally protect you because trich can infect areas that a condom doesn’t cover. Also, because you can get trich just through contact, make sure to put the condom on early, before it touches the vagina.
  • For women -- avoid douching. Your vagina has a natural balance of bacteria to keep you healthy. When you douche, you remove some of those helpful bacteria, which can raise your chances of getting an STD.
  • Stick with just one sex partner who’s been tested and doesn’t have any STDs. If that doesn’t work for you, think about limiting your number of sex partners.
  • Talk openly with your sex partners about your sexual histories and potential risk of infection. This can help you make the best choice for yourself.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Trichomoniasis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

Medscape: “Trichomoniasis.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Trichomoniasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Trichomoniasis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

Medscape: “Trichomoniasis.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Trichomoniasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 8, 2019

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