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Is Trichomoniasis Contagious?

Transmission of Trichomoniasis from Person to Person

Trichomoniasis is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Trichomoniasis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Trichomoniasis, can be transmitted:

  • by sexual conduct between people.

Contagion summary:

Mainly caught sexually; rare transmission from a towel or toilet water.

Contagiousness properties for Trichomoniasis:

  Contagious by sex?: Yes

  Contagious by anal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by vaginal sex?: Yes

  Contagious from towels?: Yes, rarely.

  Contagious from toilet seats?: Yes, rarely.

Contagion summary:

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that is spread through penis-to-vagina intercourse or vulva-to-vulva contact with an infected partner. Women can acquire the disease from infected men or women, whereas men usually contract it only from infected women. (Source: excerpt from Trichomoniasis: DSTD)

Discussion about Contagion of Trichomoniasis:

Trichomonas Infection: DPD (Excerpt)

Trichomoniasis is spread through sexual activity. Infection is more common in women who have had multiple sexual partners.

A common misbelief is that infection can be spread by a toilet seat; this isnít likely, since the parasite cannot live long in the environment or on objects. (Source: excerpt from Trichomonas Infection: DPD)

Trichomonas Infection: DPD (Excerpt)

I have trichomoniasis and am pregnant; can I spread infection to my baby? (Source: excerpt from Trichomonas Infection: DPD)

Trichomonas Infection: DPD (Excerpt)

How can a child get trichomoniasis? (Source: excerpt from Trichomonas Infection: DPD)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Trichomoniasis is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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