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How common is it?for the std "Trich" to be dormant in your body?

By August 27, 2010 - 7:55pm
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My boyfriend and i have been having unprotected sex for about six months now. About 6 weeks ago i started having abnormal bleeding, fevers, and tissue in my urine. Thinking that it was my IUD i went to my gyn. she noticed "warts" on my cervix and though it was HPV. They ran the test and they came back positive for trichomoniasis. I just have so many questions regarding how i got this. Could it really have been from a past relationship ( which would be about a year ago) or an "infected rag" ( I only shower at home and live by myself.) all of my symptoms have all been coming to me with in the last 6 weeks so i wonder if its something my bf could have recently picked up. I explained the situation to my bf and he is going to get tested and get the treatment as well. It would just ease my worries to know where this originated.

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Hi I'm 28 weeks pregnant and I was diagnosed with trichomoniasis me and my boyfriend broke up about 3 months before I found out about it .I was tested before the break up and it was negative how is it positive now is there other ways of contracking this STD other than sex

July 27, 2016 - 7:21pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you soooo much! It's a selfish act to ignore the importance of HIS health.

September 7, 2010 - 5:17pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

My pleasure. Stay safe!

September 7, 2010 - 5:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

I don't know how to tell my friend about my Trich diagnosis. He is married and so am I. Actually, we're both going through a divorce. I am sooooo ashamed and afraid to tell him. We had consenting, unprotected sex. After months of abstinence - I went too far. I know for certain that "something" has been wrong for months. Long before our intimate encounter. How do I tell my friend to seek medical attention? I told him my pap was abnormal: I just couldn't say STD.

September 6, 2010 - 5:42pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Millions of people get STDs every year, and it's important that you make him aware. It may help to first educate yourself as much as possible, and I think our Trichomoniasis Advocacy Sheet will help. You can find it at https://www.empowher.com/trichomoniasis/content/trichomoniasis-advocacy-sheet?page=0,0

Since you have the type of relationship with your friend where you could be intimate with each other it might help to look at this as another expression of that intimacy and taking steps to help him protect his own health, just as you are protecting yours. Good luck to you both!

September 6, 2010 - 6:29pm
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Hi sandy.s728 - Getting to the bottom of medical and health issues isn't always the instant answer process shown in movies and TV shows. You and your boyfriend will have to continue to press your doctors for answers. We're not able to diagnose either of you, and you should be suspicious of any website that would claim to be able to do that.

In response to your earlier question I've already advised that there are additional skin conditions besides genital warts caused by STDs that can affect men, and your boyfriend's skin condition needs to be examined by a dermatologist, who can also diagnose and determine treatment for the fingernail fungus. It is not common for people with fungal nail conditions to also have HPV.

As far as the medications, it isn't the number of pills that matters, it is the type of medication and strength. If you want to follow up on the drugs then drugs.com has very helpful information to help you better understand what was prescribed, typical dosages and how they are supposed to work.

At some point you and your boyfriend may want to evaluate the type of care and advice you've been getting from your shared primary care physician and determine whether or not you want to continue under his care. This is a personal decision, but it's one that many people make every year in order to best advocate for their own health. Good luck to both of you. Pat

September 6, 2010 - 12:13pm

Thank you all for your all your help this site has really helped me out. Its funny that you ask that question on the medication... My boyfriend did go to his appt on friday, and they only prescribed him 4 pills. I was instructed to take 4 pills in one day and then a weeks worth of pills for the rest of the week. Im not experiencing the odor anymore but today it started burning when i went to the rest room. I have an appt for my Gardasil shot on wednesday so i plan to follow up with the trich to make sure it has cleared up.
Back to my bf dr appt: After he explained the situation to the Dr. they asked him if he was having any symptoms. He hasnt so he was just honest with the dr. The dr stated that they were not going to give him the usual urine test because he had no symptoms ( this makes no sense to me because regardless of symptoms or not we have still been sleeping together for months and he has now been exposed to it one way or another.) He was given the medication though so i guess thats all that matters. Does it matter that he only got 4 pills and i have a whole weeks worth? He asked about his wart and he was told that he has to see his dermatologist.
I read on this web site that any type of penile wart is caused by a type of virus such as hpv.. am i understanding right? so even if he did have this one wart before being sexually active does it mean that he got the infection some other way? He also started having fungus problems on a fingernail ( which is spreading and he got medecine for that as well) and i believe one of his toe nails. is this common with people with HPV or is it a sign that his wart may be another sign of this fungus problem. he started noticing the nail growth about 3 or 4 years ago.

September 4, 2010 - 5:39pm
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What should I do if the Trich meds (4 pills) did NOT work?

September 3, 2010 - 5:38am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Go back to your doctor who can determine the next steps.

September 3, 2010 - 4:02pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

sandy.s728 - Thanks for coming back, and we understood your ramblings just fine.

Genital warts in men are caused by the HPV virus. HPV types 6 and 11 cause the majority of genital warts.

At this point, it's really not clear what your boyfriend has. It may be a genital wart, it may not be. It definitely needs to be checked and he may also want to have it biopsied.

Men can develop skin tags in the genital area, which are benign and are not related to an STD, and are typically removed by a dermatologist. The dermatologist most likely will also examine him to see if he may have skin cancer as well. Here's a link for self-examination information: http://www.skincancer.org/Self-Examination/

I know the two of you are dealing with a lot right now and I hope you will do your best to not panic and stay focused on getting the care that you need and deserve. Ask the questions you need to ask, and if you are not satisfied with the way you are treated by any doctor then get another opinion from another doctor until you are satisfied. We, of course, are here for you too. Good luck! Pat

September 2, 2010 - 6:07pm
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