Little-known STI caused by parasite that results in abnormal discharge

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    Brits have been warned about a lesser-known sexually transmitted infection which can cause "abnormal discharge" and could lead to cancer.

    The warning follows increasing cases of trichomoniasis in the West Midlands region. According to BirminghamLive, Sandwell and Wolverhampton in West Midlands have the most new instances outside London. They reported 275 new cases in Sandwell in 2022, based on a recent health study, with another 132 in Wolverhampton.

    Trichomoniasiscaused by a bug named Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV), with signs showing up within a month. However, some people might not have any symptoms.

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    The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics suggests that Trichomonas Vaginalis can contribute to cervical cancer. It can cause inflammation, damage to certain body tissues, and impacts the immune system's ability to fight off HPV (Human papillomavirus).

    A study from NowPatient health experts stated: "Sandwell, in the West Midlands, has recorded the highest trichomoniasis diagnosis rate outside of London, with a recorded 80.47 diagnoses per 100,000 residents. Followed by Wolverhampton with the second highest rate with 49.99 diagnoses per 100,000.

    "England's trichomoniasis hotspots appear to be more evenly spread than other STIs, with nine of the top 20 local authorities being outside Greater London." says the NHS. The symptoms of this STI can be similar to others and may vary between men and women.

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    Symptoms in women:

    • abnormal vaginal discharge that may be thick, thin or frothy and yellow-green in colour
    • producing more discharge than normal, which may also have an unpleasant fishy smell
    • soreness, swelling and itching around the vagina โ€“ sometimes the inner thighs also become itchy
    • pain or discomfort when passing urine or having sex

    Symptoms in men:

    • pain when peeing or during ejaculation
    • needing to pee more frequently than usual
    • thin, white discharge from the penis
    • soreness, swelling and redness around the head of the penis or foreskin

    People with any of the symptoms are urged to see a GP or visit a sexual health clinic. Trichomoniasis won't likely disappear without treatment, but antibiotics can effectively tackle it. Most blokes and ladies are treated with an antibiotic called metronidazole, usually taken twice daily for five to seven days.

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