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Older Women at Greater Risk for Common STD, Study Suggests
Date:7/12/2011

an infection rate of 8.3 percent.

"Trichomonas infections are quite treatable with antibiotics," said Gaydos. "And these high numbers really warrant older women getting screened by their family physicians and gynecologists during routine check-ups to make sure they are not infected and are not inadvertently spreading it to others."

Infected people may not experience symptoms, which typically include liquid discharge from the vagina or penis, irritation while urinating and genital itching.

"What we are really witnessing with trichomonas, especially in older women, is that no one ever looked, no one ever tested and diagnosed, and no one is really getting treated, so the infection persists year after year," said Gaydos. The study authors added that federal agencies should require that trichomoniasis be reported to the CDC like other STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, so that public health officials can better track and prevent the condition.

Men should also be tested and treated for trichomoniasis to reduce the risk of re-infection, particularly in situations involving multiple sex partners, the authors said.

Experts note that research presented at meetings is considered preliminary because it has not been subjected to the rigorous scrutiny required for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on trichomoniasis vaginalis.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, July 12, 2011


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