Sexually transmitted diseases are those infections that are transmitted through sexual contact either vaginal, anal, or oral, and they can be either bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic. Unfortunately, sexually transmitted diseases have been surrounded by an aura of taboo that has prevented good knowledge regarding their origin and how to protect oneself from them. In this article, we will talk about one of the commonest and most important sexually transmitted infections, trichomoniasis.
Trichomonas vaginalis is a parasitic protozoon, which means that they are living organisms that live off other living organisms. They are also formed of one cell only. They exist and reproduce both in the male and female genital systems. In females, they are found in the vagina, cervix -lower part of the uterus-, urinary bladder and the outer glands of the vulva known as the Bartholin and Skene glands. In males, it is found in the external genitalia, the urethra, in semen, and in the prostate.
Trichomonas can also infect babies of pregnant females who have the organism. In that case, it infects the respiratory system.