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Oh, thank you for the clarification to your question : ) Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection of the vagina that can be passed person to person by sexual contact most often but it can also be passed by contact with moist surfaces (such as a towel or washcloth as you suspect). It is also known to be possible to be transmitted by contact with the genitals on a wet toilet seat. Many women (most in fact) do not have symptoms and can have the disease over a long period of time because of this. It is entirely possible for this reason that you could have had this over the last years without knowing it... and that your daughter could have become infected if the towels were shared in this way. Symptoms will show differently in different people so her mild-moderate irritation could certainly be related to this. Treatment is relatively simple with medications such as metronidazole (also called Flagyl), or with a related drug, tinidazole. I hope this is helpful in answering your question. I will provide you a toll free telephone number in case you wish to speak with a sexually transmitted disease specialist for referral to a testing place or other support. Please remember to press accept and feel free to contact me if you have anything at all to add!
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Okay, you started dating your boyfriend in June of 06 at which time you were tested for STDs but no wet prep was done. This is diagnosed by a special lab test where the doctor would take a sample of the discharge and send it away to be specifically tested for this... sometimes the infection is suspected because of an abnormal pap smear but the only way to diagnose trich is by specifically testing for it. So, it is entirely possible that if you were asymptomatic and you got lucky with a normal pap smear, then this was missed at this time. Additionally if the pap smear was going to detect the infection (again, just that there was an infection, not what it was) it probably wouldn't have done so if you were getting your testing this early if you got it from him.
Your concern is accusations of cheating. This is not any kind of definitive evidence of cheating because the infection can remain latent for such a long period of time, because it is almost indectable in men in most cases (meaning if he had it he wouldn't have known and he certainly would not have been routinely tested for it), and because of the variance in how this disease can be contracted. Though it is a sexually transmitted disease in most cases, it is also caught from contact with damp surfaces like a toilet seat, a shared towel, a borrowed bathingsuit, etc. It is worth noting that this can live for SEVERAL hours in a damp surface like a towel, meaning it did not require you to shower with your daughter or have quick contact with a material of this sort...This genuinely is not a reason to accuse him or to be accused of being a 'cheater'.