"Trich" in Amarillo

You could have it, and not even know it. We're talking about trichomonas. An S.T.D. that's rarely talked about, but widely spread. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how common it is in Amarillo.

At least five women test positive for trich every week in Amarillo. Nationwide, that number comes out to five million a year. It's easily cured with anti-biotics, but because men carry it without symptoms, it spreads like wildfire undetected. Women with it suffer abdominal pain and irregular bleeding. But if it's paired with another S.T.D., a woman could become sterile, or have serious complications during pregnancy.

"If you had trich and acquired another S.T.D. you could get a pelvic inflamatory disease, which can be very problematic for a woman," says Claudia Stravato, with Planned Parenthood.

"The unfortunate thing is it comes without many symptoms it doesn't give you pelvic diseases like traditional gonorrhea or chlamydia can," says James Russell, a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Russell says the only way you can contract the disease is through unprotected sex. It's just another reason to remain abstinent, or use protection.