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Trichomoniasis or “trike” is a sexually transmissible infection (STI). This page outlines the symptoms and treatment for trichomoniasis.

What is it?

Trichomoniasis is a protozoal infection of the genitals. It is often called “trike”.

How do you get it?

You can get trichomoniasis through unprotected (no condom) sexual intercourse with someone who has the infection.

What are the symptoms?

There may be no symptoms.

If you do have symptoms they can include:

  • smelly vaginal discharge
  • itching and irritation around the vagina and vulva.
  • pain when urinating
  • discharge from the penis.

How is it treated?

Trichomoniasis is treated with an antibiotic.

Will this impact my partner/s?

Sex should be avoided until you and your partner/s have had treatment. If you do have sex you must use a condom/pukoro ure or oral dam.

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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