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If you have trichomoniasis, treatment will likely involve the prescription drug metronidazole (also called Flagyl®) or a related drug, tinidazole. These medications usually cure the infection.
Topical medicines, or medicines applied to the skin, may be used to treat trichomoniasis in people who are allergic to metronidazole and tinidazole. These topical medicines are less effective and may not cure the infection. They might, however, ease the symptoms (see Symptoms of Trichomoniasis).
Anyone who is diagnosed with trichomoniasis should get treatment for it. Even without symptoms, the parasite can be passed to others. Having trichomoniasis also increases a person's chances of getting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
People getting treatment for trichomoniasis should avoid sex until they and their sex partners complete treatment and have no symptoms. Having trichomoniasis once does not protect a person from getting it again.
(Click Trichomoniasis Treatment for more information on this topic.)
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