What can trichomoniasis lead to?

Complications of trichomoniasis are rare. If you have trichomoniasis when you're pregnant, it can cause premature birth. Or mean the baby has a lower weight at birth.

Trichomoniasis infection does increase your chance of contracting or transmitting HIV and other STIs. This is because trichomoniasis causes genital inflammation, which makes it easier for other infections to get into your body.

If you are diagnosed with trichomoniasis, you'll be given a course of antibiotics to take. If you take these correctly and in full, they should successfully treat the infection.

Do not have sex during your treatment. And wait 7 days from the start of your treatment before having sex again. You can do a test of cure 4 weeks after completing treatment to check the infection has cleared.

Your recent sexual partners will need to be tested as well. Do not have sex with them until they have a negative test result or have finished their treatment.

If you finish the treatment and get a negative result on your second test, then the infection has cleared. You do not have to worry about any further complications.

Reviewed by Helen Burkitt. Senior Sexual Health and Contraception Nurse
Last updated at: 02 February 2024
Published on: 12 August 2022