Signs And Symptoms Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Although STD symptoms vary based on the type of infection and even the person, these are some common symptoms associated with an STD infection:
Common Symptoms Of STDs
- No symptoms at all - Many STDs are “silent” or don’t present any visible symptoms
- Discharge from the penis or vagina
- Itching of the genitals (inside or around the penis or vagina)
- A strong odor from the vagina
- Pain while urinating
- Pain during intercourse
- Low grade fever, sore throat, or other mild flu-like symptoms
- Rash or sores on or around the genitals
Many STDs are asymptomatic (show no signs or symptoms), and it’s still possible to pass the infection to others. The absence of symptoms for many people is why regular STD testing is so important. In most cases, if symptoms will become present with a new STD infection, they will present themselves within a few days of initial exposure (sexual activity).
Even when symptoms are present, in some cases they may be mild. That’s why, looking at symptoms when considering testing is only part of the equation. It’s also important to look at general risk of contracting an STD and the time since the last STD screening. Anyone that’s sexually active should be tested at least once per year, and possible more frequently. For people that have unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, or those that have symptoms (even if they seem mild), testing should be a top priority.
The good news is that many STDs can be easily treated with simple antibiotics, but it’s crucial that testing occur to determine what, if any, STDs are present. Early testing will reduce complications as well as transmission to other or future partners.