How quickly are diagnostic test results for trichomoniasis returned?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Tests for trichomoniasis are quick and can be performed in the medical office. [73] In the past, saline wet mount testing was commonly used to test for trichomoniasis, although these tests have low sensitivity. The CDC now recommends molecular diagnostic tests, when available, to evaluate patients at risk for trichomoniasis. [11] Self-testing has also been proposed and studied but is not currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [74, 75]

The basic office evaluation includes tests to exclude other possible causes of the patient’s complaints. Because T vaginalis infection is strongly associated with the presence of other STIs, [52] providers should test for other STIs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV infection, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. In multiple studies, the majority of women with T vaginalis infections were also found to have bacterial vaginosis. [76, 77, 52]


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