Can You Get Trichomoniasis from a Towel?

Trichomoniasis is a type of inflammation which eventually spreads through a parasite, this parasite moves from one body to another through sexual contact i.e. it is a sexually transmitted inflammation. Both men as well as women are prone to develop this problem but women are more prone to this problems. If pregnant women are suffering from this problem then it may adversely affect the unborn child. Factors causing trichomoniasis differs in men and women

  • In men, the infected parasite first affects the urethra present under the penis foreskin thereafter it spreads around.
  • In women, the infected parasite first affects the vagina, bladder and urethra and then gradually spreads around the genital area.

Can You Get Trichomoniasis from a Towel?

Can You Get Trichomoniasis from a Towel?

Generally trichomoniasis is passed from one person to another via. Sexually but, it can also be transmitted when the genital region of a person gets in touch with moist objects like wet towels, toilet seat.

Usually, it is difficult to find symptoms any symptoms of the problem in both men as well as women but in case symptom is identified then it occurs within a week after patient is infected. The symptoms are different in men and women as mentioned below:

  • Symptoms in men
  • Itching of penis
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Unexpected discharge from the penis
  • Symptoms in women
  • Frequent vaginal itching and irritation
  • Difficult in urination
  • Unexpected virginal discharge with unpleasant order.

The symptoms of the infection can be identified between five to twenty eight days after getting infected. This period is referred to as an incubation period and it is during this period that one can actually spread or transmit this problem to others. Doctors prescribe to resist making any sexual contact until the medication is complete and the symptoms disappear.


Doctors detect the problem after analyzing the past medical history of the patient and by conducting some tests. As the problem is caused by a parasite name trich, hence presence of this parasite in the sample of the patient confirms that the patient is suffering from the problem. In women the problem is often detected in the Pap test, which is performed for identifying abnormalities in the pelvic region.

How the Infected In Transmitted From One Person to Another

The infection mainly spreads from having unprotected sex with an infected partner. As discussed above majority of people suffering from this infected often does not experience any symptom. Hence, use of condom while having sex helps in drastically reducing the possibility of having this problem. In some rare scenarios individuals can also get the infection by using the personal belongings of the infected person such as towel. Trich parasite has the ability to stay alive on any object for a prolong period of time, so they are very actively moved from one individual to another. Another rare scenario is spreading of infection one mother to baby during the normal delivery but the chances of this cause are very less almost negligible. One should check with their doctor about the various causes by which the parasite can spread.

Treatment for Trichomoniasis

Manly two medicines tinidazole and metronidazole are very effective in treating trich. Both these medicines effectively kill the parasite completely. These medicines are easily available in the market either in the form of pills or capsule. Some of the people have a misconception that medicines that are given from the vagina are very effective in treating the problem but it is not at all true.

It is highly recommended by medical experts to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. This way the infected person stops transmitting the infection to others. One more thing which every individual should take care of is to take the partner also for treatment along so as to prevent the situation of getting infected repeatedly. It is also advised to avoid making any sort of sexual or physical contact with the partner until the symptoms of the problem completely disappear. Treating the problem also helps in preventing the problem from spreading from the expected mother to the new born. This is not the end the treatment also helps in avoiding any sort of infection which the individual can acquire after pelvic surgery.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:May 1, 2019

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