Trichomoniasis is an infection that is caused by the parasite trichomonas vaginalis. This condition should not be confused with trichinosis, which is a parasite that is found in meat that is not cooked properly. Trichomoniasis is not a great thing to have, but it often does not do much damage, except maybe to your self-esteem.
This is because it is a sexually transmitted disease. However, of all the sexually transmitted diseases that are out there, trichomoniasis is considered one of the most common and the most curable. The National Institute of Health estimates that there are more than 120 million people throughout the world infected with trichomoniasis. This includes 3.7 million in the United States.
Women ranging from ages 14 to 49 are the most likely to be affected by this disease and are the ones who experience the most symptoms. Here are some facts that you should know about trichomoniasis.
1. STD Statistics
When it comes to having sexual intercourse, one of the most important things that you need to know is that there is a risk involved. Not only is the possibility of getting pregnant an issue, but there are many STDs that can be quite harmful.
In the United States there are more than 20 million new cases of STDs/STIs reported each year. For this reason, education is really important. One of the scary things about these statistics that of these new cases of STDs each year, half of them are in individuals aged 15 to 24. When it comes to STD infections, the United States is the leader.
Of all of the STDs that are spread throughout the world and specifically in the United States, trichomoniasis is the most common. It is important to not only understand the risks of having sexual intercourse but to also be familiar with the signs and symptoms of STDs such as trichomoniasis.