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Prevention

Because Trichomonas vaginitis is a STD that can be transmitted during sexual activity, you can help to prevent infection by:

  • Not having sex

  • Having sex with only one uninfected partner

  • Consistently using male latex condoms during sexual intercourse, with or without a spermicide

To help prevent vaginitis, you can:

  • Keep the area around your genitals clean and dry.

  • Avoid irritating soaps and bath additives, vaginal sprays and douches.

  • Change tampons and sanitary napkins frequently.

  • Wear loose cotton underwear that doesn't trap moisture. Avoid nylon underwear.

  • After swimming, change quickly into your dry clothing instead of sitting in your wet bathing suit for long periods.

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