What Is Trichomoniasis—And Could It Explain Why Your Vagina Is So Itchy?
You've been warned about chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STDs that lead to all sorts of yuck down there. Yet there's another common but less commonly talked about one you should be aware of. The name's trichomoniasis, and it affects an estimated 3.7 million Americans, according to a study published inClinical Infectious Diseases. (The study also says the disease is 10.3 times more prevalent in African American women than white and Hispanic women.) That makes it the most common nonviral STD—and research shows its rate of infection is on the rise.
You're probably wondering why you haven't heard of trichomoniasis if it's that common. There are two reasons. One, many people who contract the STD, which occurs when the parasite trichomonas vaginalis is exchanged through intercourse, won't have any symptoms, says Celyna Delgado, MD, an ob-gyn at the Institute for Women's Health in San Antonio.
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Two, those who do show symptoms could easily attribute them to another issue.
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