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How Do I Get Tested For Trichomoniasis?

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Updated February 04, 2014

Question: How Do I Get Tested For Trichomoniasis?
Answer:

Healthcare providers test for trichomoniasis by taking a swab of the vagina or urethra and then looking at it under a microscope. This process is called a wet mount, and the same sample may also be used to detect yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

Since not all women with trichomoniasis will have visible organisms in a wet mount, doctors may also culture the vaginal secretions in a special medium.

Trichomoniasis can also cause irritation of the cervix, which may be spotted by a doctor doing a gynecological exam.

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