A Simple Symptom Review

Chlamydia
Syphilis
Gonorrhea

Because many STDs have no symptoms (or symptoms that can be attributed to another cause), it’s always a good idea to review the symptoms of STDs.

Chlamydia

This infection typically affects the cervix. Without treatment, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and increases the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

Most people infected with chlamydia don’t experience symptoms, but unusual discharge, itchiness, pain and swelling in either or both testicles, and a burning sensation while urinating can be symptoms of chlamydia.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea often affects the cervix and leads to pelvic inflammatory disease if not treated. Most people infected with gonorrhea don’t experience itchiness unless the infection reaches the rectum. Once the infection is in the rectum, the individual may experience discharge, itchiness around the anus, soreness, bleeding, and painful bowel movements.

Trichomoniasis

This is a common STD caused by a parasite, but only 30% of people develop symptoms. Penile symptoms include itchiness or irritation inside the penis, burning while urinating or ejaculating, and penile discharge. Vaginal symptoms include itching, burning, redness, or soreness around the genitals, urinary discomfort, and a change in the thickness, color, and smell of discharge.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is an infection with the herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2. Most people only experience mild symptoms–if any: one or more itchy blisters around the genitals or rectum, painful blisters and seep liquid when they break, and a fever, body aches, or swollen glands during the initial outbreak.

Your doctor can prescribe an antiviral medication but genital herpes can’t be cured. Outbreaks will occur throughout your life but the symptoms are milder.

Genital Warts

Genital warts result from a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection but only 10% of people with HPV develop genital warts. Genital warts are small or large clusters of warts in the anal or genital area, such as the penile shaft, vagina, or labia, which can sometimes bleed. They are itchy, red, and uncomfortable.

There is no cure for HPV and warts go away without treatment in 18-24 months, but there are treatments such as freeze or laser therapy that can remove warts.

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