Whether you are single or married, straight or gay, if you have sex, you are vulnerable to STD’s. You are at risk if you engage in vaginal, oral or anal sex. Symptoms are not always noticeable and you should be tested if you think you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.
Common STD Signs and Symptoms
Here are some common symtoms of STD:
Chlamydia symptoms include painful urination, lower abdominal pain. Males may experience a discharge from the penis and testicular pain.
Females experience a vaginal discharge and pain during sexual intercourse. Genital herpes symptoms include pain and itching within a few weeks after exposure, small bumps usually red in color or blisters or sores near or at the genital areas.
Genital warts are caused by the HPV virus. Sometimes they do not present any symptoms. When they do, symptoms include small gray or flesh toned swollen areas in the genital area, itching or general discomfort at the genital region, bleeding with intercourse. Several small warts can form close together and take on a cauliflower appearance.
Gonorrhea symptoms include pain during intercourse, frequent urination often with a painful burning sensation and a thick, bloody or cloudy discharge from the vagina or penis.
Hepatitis symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, concentrated urine, muscle pain, joint pain, itching and discoloration of the skin and eyes taking on a yellow hue (Jaundice).
HIV symptoms include no early symptoms, but some of the earliest signs can be fever, sore throat, headache, rashes, fatigue and swollen lymph glands. They can appear within 14 days after exposure and present almost like the flu a virus and subside. It is important to be tested if you think you have been exposed.
Syphilis symptoms of primary infection include enlarged lymph nodes and a chancre (small painless sore) on the part of the body where the point of infection occurred. This can be your genitals, your rectum, lips or tongue. There may be only one or multiple chancres.
Trichomoniasis symptoms include pain during intercourse, painful urination, vaginal itching or irritation, strong odor, green/yellow sometimes frothy vaginal discharge and small amount of vaginal bleeding.
Regular Testing is Recommended with or without STD Signs and Symptoms
Some STD’s do not produce symptoms. Even without obvious signs and symptoms you can have an STD which can be spread to your partners without treatment. You should have regular STD screenings for early detection of STD’s as many can be easily treated when discovered early and some require longer and more involved treatments as the infection progresses.
Know the STD Signs and Symptoms to Insure Prompt Treatment
Without early detection either by testing or by noticing STD signs and symptoms, treatment can be delayed. Delayed treatment increases the risk for advanced health issues for you and for your partners who you risk spreading the infection to without knowing.