4/5 Signs and Symptoms of Common STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can have a wide range of signs and symptoms, from none at all to severe. Itching, discharge, pain, skin changes, and flu-like symptoms are some of the most common. HPV is the most common STI in the United States, but most people infected have no symptoms. Men may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, while women may notice itching, burning, redness or pain.

Trichomoniasis can make it unpleasant to have sex, and hepatitis can cause fatigue, dark urine, flu-like symptoms, pale stools, abdominal pain, signs of jaundice, and loss of appetite. Latent syphilis is the stage that occurs after the symptoms of secondary syphilis have stopped and the STD has not been treated. Gonorrhea has many symptoms similar to those of chlamydia and syphilis. If you think you might have been exposed to an STD or have any of the above symptoms, it's important to go and get tested to see if you have an infection.

Details about your symptoms (if any), your sexual history, how you have sex, and the degree to which you protect yourself can be very helpful in the diagnostic process. Fortunately, all of these sexually transmitted diseases can be treated and patients should seek help as soon as they have symptoms to prevent long-term complications. If you had sex without a condom or dental protector, you and your sexual partner should see a doctor for an STI checkup. It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of common STDs so that you can take steps to protect yourself and your partner. If you notice any unusual changes in your body or experience any of the above symptoms after having unprotected sex, it's important to get tested as soon as possible.

Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing long-term health complications.

Ethel Kosowski
Ethel Kosowski

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