[Question #305] Would a pap have detected trich?

35 months ago
Hello, this is a follow-up question. Had unprotected intercourse back in December. I got tested for several STDS and HIV at different times and all came back negative except HSV1. I also had a pap done in May and came back normal. I went to gyro today because I may be pregnant and had a pap done again but the gyro said there was some discharge. It is odorless. Could it be trich? Wouldn't my prior pap come abnormal? I have only been with my partner since my last unprotected intercourse with another man back in December. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
35 months ago
Good morning Monica,
It is very normal for women to have discharge from the vagina as the vagina and cervix slough off cells that are no longer useful or living.  so discharge alone is not concerning.  So it is odorless so that does not at all suggest trich - trich usually has a fishy odor.  Do you know if your clinician did the usual STD testing - chlamydia, gonorrhea?  I'm guessing that they did because you said you got tested for STD's at several times.  Also you might ask if they looked for bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast and trich.  Again, the discharge itself is not concerning.  The amount of discharge that women have varies greatly.  Does your regular partner have any concerns symptoms?  I'm thinking that you are still concerned that you may have contracted something from the different partner back in December?

Terri
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35 months ago
Thank you so much for your help. As for your questions I did all the testing through stdexpress. I had an 8 panel std testing including chlamydia, ghonorrea, hep B, C, syphillis, HIV, and herpes. My partner has not complained of anything, I'm just worried because I'm pregnant and want to be healthy and also don't want to pass anything to my partner. I've done everything to know my statute and now I read about trich and got worried after that discharge. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
35 months ago
You could always ask your clinician if they think this looks like trich and could they test for it, just to put your mind at rest.  It's no fun to worry when you are pregnant!

Terri
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34 months ago
One last thing. If I have tested negative for HIV up to 11 months after exposure, I do not need to worry about any surprises now that I'm pregnant right? Or any of the stds I tested for at 5 months post exposure. Thank you again 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
34 months ago
No, Monica, you don't need to worry about any of those STD's that you were tested for 5 months after potential exposure.  That risk is behind you.  And congratulations on your pregnancy.

Terri
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