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I had been dating a guy for 5years and we've never had any trust issues. We broke up in Jan 2016 and this pass June I slept with an old boyfriend and a week ago I was diagnosed with trichinosis and herpes, worst day of my life!!

By August 15, 2016 - 7:29am
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I was recently diagnosed with trichinosis and herpes...After being with my boyfriend of 5 years we broke up in January, I slept with an old boyfriend in June and in July i was having this foul smelling discharge, so I go see my doctor and I asked her to test me for everything, not thinking that she would find anything, because I'm not that type of woman...I've never had symptoms from herpes, I've never had a outbreak or anything, so I'm clueless about both std's that I've been diagnosed with...I called my old boyfriend to tell him he gave me these two std's and he tells me he doesn't have any of them...He goes and get tested and says he's clean...My question is how is this possibly? Could I have gotten these std's from my boyfriend of 5years and not know I had them or is old boyfriend lying to me? And if I had either of the std's at the time I slept with old boyfriend shouldn't he be infected from me?

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Hello July 16,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Our community is here to offer you information and support.

EmpowHER has a sexually transmitted disease page, http://www.empowher.com/condition/sexually-transmitted-diseases.

Here you can find a way to connect to community and groups, find expert advice and learn more about each specific STD.

To address your specific questions, trichomoniasis is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. The parasite is passed from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex. In women, the most commonly infected part of the body is the lower genital tract (vulva, vagina, or urethra), and in men, the most commonly infected body part is the inside of the penis (urethra).

During sex, the parasite is usually transmitted from a penis to a vagina, or from a vagina to a penis, but it can also be passed from a vagina to another vagina. It is not common for the parasite to infect other body parts, like the hands, mouth, or anus. It is unclear why some people with the infection get symptoms while others do not, but it probably depends on factors like the person’s age and overall health. Infected people without symptoms can still pass the infection on to others.

About 70% of infected people do not have any signs or symptoms. When trichomoniasis does cause symptoms, they can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Some people with symptoms get them within 5 to 28 days after being infected, but others do not develop symptoms until much later. Symptoms can come and go.

Without treatment, the infection can last for months or even years.

Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses. The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. You can get herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease.

Fluids found in a herpes sore carry the virus, and contact with those fluids can cause infection. You can also get herpes from an infected sex partner who does not have a visible sore or who may not know he or she is infected because the virus can be released through your skin and spread the infection to your sex partner(s).

July 16, I cannot say whether or not your old boyfriend is telling the truth or whether he or your recent sex partner passed on the STDs. Maybe, your recent partner should be tested.


August 15, 2016 - 8:21am
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