There are different ways of testing for trichomonas.
- A doctor may use a swab to collect a sample of cells from the entrance to the urethra.
- You may be asked to provide a urine sample.
How soon after sex can I have a check-up?
If you think you might have been in contact with trichomonas, you should seek doctor’s advice straight away. If you have trichomonas, it can be detected through a DNA test within a few days after you have had sex.
Do I need to have a test to check if the trichomonas has gone?
If you take the treatment according to the instructions, you will not normally need a follow-up test. You should, however, go back to the clinic if:
- You think you may have come into contact with trichomonas again.
- You had unprotected sex with a partner before the completion of the treatment.
- You did not complete the treatment or did not take it according to the instructions.
- You vomited after taking the tablets.
- The signs and symptoms do not go away.
- Your test was negative but you develop signs or symptoms of trichomonas.
In these situations, you may need a second test. You may need another course of antibiotics, a different treatment, or tests for other infections.
If you have had trichomonas and it has been treated, you will not be immune to the infection – this means that you can get it again. If you have any questions, please consult our doctor.