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ICD-10 code: A59.0

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Urogenital Trichomoniasis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Urogenital trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. It affects both men and women, but women are more likely to experience symptoms than men. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of urogenital trichomoniasis.


Urogenital trichomoniasis is caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite, which is transmitted through sexual contact. The parasite can live in the vagina, urethra, and male reproductive tract. Infected individuals can pass the parasite to their partners through sexual intercourse.


Urogenital trichomoniasis symptoms can vary, and some people may not experience any symptoms at all. In women, symptoms may include:

  1. Increased vaginal discharge, which may be thick, frothy, or yellow-green in color
  2. Foul-smelling vaginal odor
  3. Genital itching or irritation
  4. Painful urination or intercourse
  5. Lower abdominal pain

In men, symptoms may include:

  1. Discharge from the penis
  2. Burning or itching around the urethra
  3. Painful urination or ejaculation

Urogenital trichomoniasis can be diagnosed through a physical exam, laboratory tests, and microscopic examination of discharge or urine samples. Your healthcare provider may take a sample of discharge or urine and examine it under a microscope to look for the parasite. They may also perform a pelvic exam to check for signs of infection.


Urogenital trichomoniasis is treated with antibiotics, such as metronidazole or tinidazole. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a single dose or a week-long course of medication. It is important to complete the entire course of antibiotics, even if symptoms improve, to ensure that the infection is fully treated. Your healthcare provider may also recommend that your sexual partner(s) be treated to prevent reinfection.

In conclusion, urogenital trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause a range of symptoms. If you suspect that you may have urogenital trichomoniasis, it is important to seek medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.