Trichomoniasis (Trich) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. This infection is caused by a one-celled parasite named Trichomonas Vaginalis. It is capable of affecting anyone that is sexually active, though it affects women more than men and older women more often than younger women.
For women the most commonly infected part of the body is the lower genital tract (vulva, vagina, cervix or urethra), while for men is usually the urethra.
Trichomoniasis does not usually produce visible symptoms or problems in roughly 70% of cases, but those affected may notice itching or irritation in affected area(s), discomfort during urination, or discharge from either the vagina or penis. If left untreated, the infection can last for months or years and it can raise the chances of receiving or spreading other STDs.
Testing at Pacific Rim Pathology
At Pacific Rim Pathology, we utilize Hologic’s Aptima Trichomonas Vaginalis Assay in the detection of this infection. The assay is highly sensitive and is usable on both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
To ensure that we can continue to provide excellent patient care, please refer to our Aptima Vaginal Swab Collection Guide below on how to collect optimal samples from your patients.