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Can Trichomoniasis Vaginalis be contracted non-sexually?

By November 15, 2013 - 5:15pm
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I was recently diagnosed with Trichomoniasis vaginalis. I was devastated to find out! My husband and I were just married 2 months ago, he is the only man I have been with for the last 6 years. I don't want to sound like a naïve woman, but I KNOW my husband is faithful. I was tested and the test came back positive for Trichomoniasis vaginalis and the Nurse Practitioner informed me that there is no other way of contracting this infection other than sexually. I had been having problems with discharge coming and going, sometimes slightly yellow, but then clear up on and off for over a year. I had various tests and cultures which were all negative, just 2 weeks before our wedding day I was tested again, due to the same slight discharge that would come and go, everything was negative and I was not treated for anything. Progressively the discharge and irritation grew beyond tolerance so I went to see a different gynecologist which was when I was diagnosed with Trichomoniasis Vaginalis, could this be a mistake? After speaking to my husband I am accused of cheating! I believe my husband has not stepped outside of our relationship and is faithful. I do not want to end my marriage! Can there be any other explanation as to how I got this?!?

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Hello Clareese,

This is a very stressful and difficult situation. That is very apparent from your post. I wish I could give you the answer that I think you are looking for.

Trichomoniasis is a very common sexually transmitted disease. The infection is caused by the protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. According to the CDC, an estimated 3.7 million people have the infection, but only about 30% develop symptoms.

The parasite is passed from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex. About 70% of infected individuals do not have any symptoms at all. Some people have symptoms within five to 28 days after being infected, while others develop symptoms much later.

I strongly suggest that you and your husband schedule a consultation with your gynecologist.


November 15, 2013 - 6:19pm
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