[Question #4021] Trichomoniasis

32 months ago

Not sure if I can a post a link here, but here it is. https://www.stdcheck.com/blog/trichomoniasis-men/I have a question concerning the following paragraph she wrote in this article. “Trich passes when protozoa come into contact with suitable living conditions. And while we wish we could say that the only suitable living conditions are in human reproductive organs, that’s not the case. Trichomonas Vaginalis can transfer onto nonliving surfaces such as towels, underwear, and soap. If these infected surfaces come into contact with a non-infected person, trich will transfer to that person. Nonliving surfaces that are vectors for transmitting diseases are called “fomites.” Because of fomites, trich is an STD that is often transmitted nonsexually. It’s important to bear this in mind; realize that even if you’re a virgin or in a monogamous relationship, you can still get trich! Trich can be obtained from public laundromats, gym towels, or even trying on swimsuits. These tricky protozoa can contaminate you even when you think you’re not at risk.”

This article was published on April 25, 2018. Her saying that it’s transmitted nonsexually often is completely wrong, right? Everything I’ve read is that it’s very rare for it to be transmitted nonsexually. Unless there’s a new study that I’m missing? Please let me know what you think. I’m a 28 year old male who was possible exposed to trich. My urine came back negative 2 months after possible exposure. Thank you. 

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
32 months ago
Welcome to ur Forum.  I'll try to help.  The statement you have quoted is a great example of why we urge clients not to visit the internet seeking information.  While there is good information to be found there, an awful lot is incorrect due mis-understanding, statement of information taken out of context, or people quoting information that is out of date.  Ms Crain, who posted the statement you quote is not a health care provider and is incorrect.  While trichomoniasis might theoretically, on very, very rare occasions, be transmitted non sexually, as a generalization her statement is wrong In science one can never say never but this statement has no basis in any study or research.  Trichamonas is an STI transmitted by DIRECT sexual contact and is NOT acquired from contaminated towels, bath water or animate objects such as bed sheets, toilet seats, or contaminated bathing suits.  I would completely discount these statements.

If you were exposed to a sex partner with trich during unprotected sex, most experts would recommend preventative treatment with 2 grams of metronidazole, given as a single dose.  This is done as the tests occasionally miss infections.  In your case with 2 months and a negative test, the chnae you have trich is very, very low and not a concern but, if you have any concern at all, the CDC recommendation in this situation is to take the metronidazole. 

I hope this information is helpful.  EWH

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