Is there any literature in medical science that trichomonas can be dormant (like syphilis)in females? If so, how and what tests could discover or indicate patient was infected before symptoms appear?
Yes, trichomonas often is "dormant", that is causes no symptoms with standard tests negative. It probably can be carried in the vagina for years, and perhaps by men as well. The standard test used by most providers is to simply look at vaginal fluid under the microscope, but that misses many (most?) cases. Ask for a culture test, which is more successful and available in most standard laboratories. However, culture misses many cases as well. Some special labs now offer testing for trich DNA using polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which is the best by far; but it's not yet widely available. There is debate among STD experts about how important it is to routinely start using culture or PCR to detect silent cases. Most trich isn't serious, and prevention doesn't have the same priority as, say, chlamydia or gonorrhea or syphilis.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.