How Do You Get Trichomoniasis – Spread of Trichomonas Vaginalis
Q: Can you catch trichomonas any other way besides sexual intercourse?
Yes, trichomoniasis can spread through non-sexual routes also, though the incidence is very rare.
Trichomoniasis is grouped under STDs. It is most often transmitted in the course of unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected partner. Almost all of the infections take place through penis-vagina intercourse or vulva to vulva intercourse with an infected partner.
The vagina is the most common site of infection in women, while the urethra is the most common site of infection in men. These areas also serve as reservoirs of infection.
Non-sexual Transmission of Trichomonas Vaginalis
The causative organism trichomonas vaginalis, a protozoa can live in the exterior of the body for around 45 minutes. So it can stay on damp towels, wet toilet papers, unclean commodes and even swimming pools used by infected people.
So, it is possible to contract trich STD if you come into contact with the following:
- Damp infected towels
- Infected bedding or bathing suits
- Contaminated douche nozzles or specula
- Toilet seats used by infected individuals. Here the protozoa find their way easily into the vagina.
- Infected swimming pool water
Live germs of trich STD have been found in urine and semen after several hours of exposure to air. They have been found live and active in swimming pool waters as well.
You cannot contract trichomonas vaginalis through kissing or sharing utensils.