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Trichomonas vaginalis testing

This is an RT-PCR test which means that the smallest amount of Trichomonas vaginalis DNA can be found in a good quality sample.

And for those who have a positive result, we are able to offer treatment for trichomonas vaginalis.


Window Period

5 days after exposure

Sample required

For men: urine sample (please don’t urinate 1-2 hours before your appointment)

For women: (self-taken) high vaginal swab

Time for test results

Within 3 hours


London, Birmingham & East Midlands

Cost of test

£150 (or £100 if taken with another test)


Same day appointments

In Birmingham Clinic


Highly confidential service

And discreetly located clinics


Specialists in sexual health

From busy NHS clinics

Do I need a Trichomonas vaginalis test?

  • you or your partner have any symptoms of Trichomoniasis
  • you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
  • a condom splits while you’re having sex
  • you or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people
  • you think you could have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • a sexual partner tells you they have an STI
  • you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy

Does it require a physical examination?

A physical examination is recommended if you are experiencing symptoms, but we will only carry out physical examinations with your informed consent.

What happens if my Trichomonas vaginalis test is positive?

If you are tested positive for Trichomonas vaginalis (i.e. Trichomonas vaginalis is DETECTED) then we will discuss what it means for you, provide medication to treat the condition and ensure you don’t pass it on to your partner.

Do I have to tell my partner, if I test positive for Trichomonas vaginalis?

Yes. We will give you all the necessary support in conveying your diagnosis to your partner and get them tested. We will discuss the risk of passing on the infection and any tests and/or treatment your partner may need.

Trichomonas treatment

For those who have tested positive for Trichomonas vaginalis, we can offer safe and effective treatment.

Trichomonas information

Read our answers to questions patients commonly ask about Trichomonas symptoms, causes & complications.

Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)

Last reviewed date: 3 March 2020
Next review due: 3 March 2023

Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.