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Trich can be easily cured with antibiotics. Your sexual partners need to be treated too, or you might pass it back and forth.

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What’s the treatment for trichomoniasis?

Most of the time, trichomoniasis is super easy to get rid of. Your nurse or doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection — either metronidazole or tinidazole. You usually only have to take one dose of medicine, meaning you take all the medicine at one time.

If you’re treated for trich, it’s really important for your sexual partners to get treated also. Otherwise, you may pass the infection back and forth or to other people. Sometimes your doctor will give you medicine for both you and your partner.

What do I need to know if I’m treating trichomoniasis?

If you’re getting treated for trich:

  • Take all of your medication the way your doctor tells you to.

  • Your partner(s) should also get treated so you don’t re-infect each other or anyone else. Your doctor may give you a separate dose of antibiotics to give to your partner. Make sure you both take all of the medication you get.

  • Don’t have sex again for about a week after you finish your medicine. It takes that long for the medicine to work to get rid of the trich in your body. When you get the medicine, ask your nurse or doctor when it would be OK to have sex again.

  • Don’t share your medicine with anyone.

  • It’s possible to get a new trich infection again if you’re exposed in the future. So use condoms and get tested regularly.

What happens if you don’t get treated for trich?

If you don’t get treated for trich, you can pass the infection to your partners — even if you don’t have symptoms.

Having trichomoniasis also increases your chances of getting or spreading other STDs including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. If you have trich during your pregnancy and don’t treat it, your baby may be born early or at a low birth weight.

Testing and treatment for trichomoniasis is quick, easy, and the best way to avoid all these problems.

More questions from patients:

Can I treat trichomoniasis at home?

Trichomoniasis is treated by antibiotics prescribed by your nurse or doctor. You usually only have to take one dose of medicine, meaning you take all the medicine at one time. You can take the medicine at home, but there are no home remedies for treating trichomoniasis.

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