Topic: Six STD Symptoms to Look Out For
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be contracted at any age. Therefore, knowing the signs and symptoms is an important part of every sexually active adult’s health. Here, we will cover six primary STD symptoms to watch out for. However, it is also important to keep in mind that some STD’s present as asymptomatic, meaning there are no visible signs that something is wrong. Regular screenings can help catch asymptomatic STD’s.
- Oral or Genital Bumps and Sores
Bumps and sores can appear in the mouth or on the genitals, signaling the presence of an STD. For example, if you observe a sore, bump, wart, or blister either on or near your genitalia, you may need to be screened for STD’s, even if it disappears without seeking medical treatment. For example, syphilis is known to cause sores that are firm yet painless. Conversely, herpes causes bubblelike blisters that are painful. In addition, chancroids and HPV may cause bumps to appear on the genitals. Bumps and blisters may also occur on your lips, inside the mouth, or in and around the anus if you participate in oral or anal sex.
- Abnormal Discharge
Abnormal discharge is a telltale sign of STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. In men, this discharge may be a penile drip or oozing. Vaginal discharge in women is a flag, especially if it is odorous or green or yellow.
- Intense Itching or Excessive Irritation
Intense itching or excessive irritation, especially coupled with discharge, may signal the presence of an STD. Trichomoniasis, an STD caused by a tiny parasite, can sometimes be mistaken for a yeast infection. In men, this itching and sense of irritation may occur inside the penis. It may also be a sign of pubic lice, also known as crabs, or scabies.
- Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
Abnormal vaginal bleeding includes bleeding that is postmenopausal or spotting that takes places between periods, especially if it occurs after having sex. This may be a sign that an individual has contracted gonorrhea or chlamydia. Furthermore, herpes sores may bleed as well. If anal sex is involved, watch out for bleeding from the rectum.
- A Burning Sensation While Urinating
Having a burning sensation while urinating can also be a sign of an STD and may be mistaken for a UTI. STD’s that can cause this are gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and trichomoniasis.
- Abdominal or Pelvic Pain and Irritation
Individuals may not realize that abdominal or pelvic pain and irritation may be a sign of pelvic inflammatory disease, which is often cause by an untreated infection of chlamydia or gonorrhea. In addition, other STD’s may make having sex either painful or rather uncomfortable.
Common signs of the presence of an STD include bumps, sores, discharge, itching, irritation, bleeding, a burning sensation, and abdominal or pelvic pain. Sexually active adults can help protect their health by being aware of common signs and symptoms of STD’s and receiving regular STD screenings.
Discussed Topic: Six STD Symptoms to Look Out For