STD Symptoms

STD stands for sexually transmitted disease and STI stands for sexually transmitted infection. An STD and STI is a disease or an infection caused by a parasite, bacteria or virus that spreads from one person to the other through sexual activities.

There are many STDs that go unnoticed because they do not display obvious signs and symptoms. This is the reason why medical organizations recommend STD tests once in a while.

The reason why STD diagnosis without an actual test can be confusing is because some of these infections will mimic other diseases or look like other STDs. Having a symptom that is in the list of STD symptoms does not necessarily indicate you have been infected with that STD. The best way to know if you have an STI or an STD is to get tested.

Some STDs can cause serious complications when left untreated even if there are no symptoms. Some of these serious health issues include pelvic inflammatory disease, organ damage, ,and in some cases death.

The CDC recommends routine STD tests especially for sexually active individuals even if there are no visible symptoms. Most STDs will not just affect the genital area; they will spread to the upper thighs, throat, mouth, eyes, anus, and organs.

Non-Genital STD Signs And Symptoms in Men And Women

  • Sore throat

  • Swollen joints

  • Chronic flu-like symptoms

  • Rash on feet soles and palms

  • Blisters or sores around the lips and mouth

  • Mouth and throat infection

  • Pink eye also known as conjunctivitis

Sometimes there might be a difference in symptoms in men and women.

STD Symptoms In Men

  • Penile Discharge

  • Pain with ejaculation and urination

  • Burning sensation when urinating

  • Urge to urinate frequently

  • Swelling and pain in the testicles

  • Genital area rash

  • Sores, bumps, warts, lesions around or on the penis

  • Rectal pain, bleeding or pain

  • Penile tip itching sensation

STD Symptoms In Women

  • Unusual vaginal discharge. This can be a discharge with an unusual color, odor, thickness and frothiness.

  • Itching in the vagina

  • Sores, lesions, warts, and bumps around or on the vagina.

  • Burning sensation during urination

  • Urge to urinate frequently

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Pain in the lower abdominal area

  • Pain in the pelvic region

  • Rectal pain, bleeding and discharge

Symptoms by disease

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Some of these STDs will have different stages that come with different symptoms. Some of them will have symptoms that resemble the flu or other illnesses. STDs that will affect all body parts are more serious and can lead to severe complications. Viral STDs can lead to death if left untreated for extended periods. The best way to take care of yourself and the people around you is to get an STD test.

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