This test is used to screen for the parasitic infection which causes Trichomonas (Trich). Trichomonas is considered to be the most common curable STD. An estimated 3.7 million have the infection but less than a third develop symptoms.
Trichomonas is transmitted during sexual contact. Trich typically affects the urethra in men and the lower genital tract in women. Trich infections commonly cause no symptoms but when symptoms do occur, they can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Itching, burning during urination and unusual discharge may occur. An infected person who is not experiencing symptoms can still spread the parasite to others. Trichomonas infections increase the risk of contracting or spreading other STD’s including HIV.
Trichomonas testing is advisable for anyone who is sexually active. Pregnant women should consider being tested as Trich can cause complications such as premature births and low birth weights for infants.
This Trichomonas test in conducted with a urine sample. Unlike a swab test, a urine collection is pain free, noninvasive, and can be done in privacy.
Turnaround time for this test is typically 1-3 business days.
The average incubation period for detection of Trichomonas Vaginalis infection is typically from a few days to a few weeks after a contact.
The trichomonas test is a urine test. Client should withhold urination for at least 1-2 hours prior to specimen collection. Client should provide a first catch of urine, about 20-30 ml, from the initial stream into the collection cup and allow remainder of the stream to go into the toilet. Larger volumes may result in the dilution of the specimen and reduce sensitivity. Clients should not cleanse the genital area 1-2 hours prior to giving their urine specimen.Trichomonas Overview