At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To diagnose an infection with Trichomonas vaginalis
When to Get Tested?
If you have symptoms of infection, including vaginal discharge or pain during urination
A swab of secretions taken from the vagina in women or the urethra in men
The Test Sample
What is being tested?
The test is looking for infection by Trichomonas vaginalis, a sexually transmitted, microscopic parasite that causes vaginal infections in women and urethritis in some men.
How is the sample collected for testing?
In women, a swab of secretions is collected from the vagina. In men, a swab is inserted into the urethra of the penis.
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