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:"Trich" redirects here. For the hair pulling disorder, see Trichotillomania. | ICD9 = | ICDO = | OMIM = | MedlinePlus = | eMedicineSubj = med | eMedicineTopic = 2308 | eMedicine_mult = | MeshID = D014246 |Trichomoniasis, sometimes referred to as "trich", is a common sexually transmitted disease that affects 7.4 million previously unaffected Americans each year. It is caused by a single-celled protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomoniasis is primarily an infection of the genitourinary tract; The urethra is the most common site of infection in men, and the vagina is the most common site of infection in women. It is most common in women and uncircumsized men. For uncircumsized men, the most common site for the infection is the tip of the penis.
Symptoms ''Trichomoniasis, like many other sexually transmitted diseases, often occurs without any symptoms. Men almost never have symptoms, while 20% of women are asymptomatic.
Genetic Sequence A draft sequence of the Trichomoniasis genome was published on January 12, 2007 in the journal Science confirming that the genome has at least 26,000 genes, a similar number to the human genome.[http://www.physorg.com/news87825794.html]
Complications Research has shown a link between trichomoniasis and two serious sequelæ. Data suggest that:
Prevention Use of male condoms may help prevent the spread of trichomoniasis, although careful studies have never been done that focus on how to prevent this infection. Treatment is usually Metronidazole.
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