STD Symptoms Overview

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases and infections that are caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that are transmitted from one person to another, who are engaged in sexual activity together. Many of the STDs do not exhibit any characteristic symptoms in the infected person, which makes them easy to miss, until they produce symptoms at a later advanced stage, when they have fully spread in the body. That is why it is crucial that you get yourself tested if you are sexually active.

STDs are quite deceptive. Some do no produce any symptoms, while some have symptoms of common diseases and do no attract serious attention. The only way to check whether you have an STD or STI is by getting yourself tested for the same. Therefore, if you are sexually active, then get yourself tested to rule out the possibility of STDs and STIs.

In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine testing, if you are fairly sexually active. The reason is that even when there are no symptoms exhibited by STDs, they might be causing significant damages to the body, even fatal sometimes. So, relying on symptoms alone is not enough. Unlike popular perception, STDs and STIs do not just affect genital areas. They can affect throat, mouth, eye, thighs, and so on.

Girl online STD testing

Common Non-Genital Symptoms in Men & Women

  • Sore throat
  • Swollen joints
  • Swollen red eye, pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Throat or mouth infection
  • Sores and blisters in the mouth and lip region
  • Palm and foot rashes
  • Chronic flu-like symptoms

It is not necessary that a particular STD has the same symptoms in both men and women. They often tend to be different.

Common STD Symptoms in Men

  • Penile discharge
  • Pain in the penis during urination or ejaculation
  • Frequent urination
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Rashes on genitals and surrounding areas
  • Pain or swelling of testes
  • Bleeding or rectal discharge, or pain in that region
  • Itching at the tip of the penis
  • Sudden appearance of unnatural bumps, lesions, warts, or sores around penis

Common STD symptoms in Women include

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – could be thicker, frothier, different odor or color, and so on
  • Itching in and around the vaginal area
  • Sudden appearance of unnatural bumps, lesions, warts, or sores around vagina
  • Burning sensation while urination
  • Abnormal vaginal odor
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Rectal discharge, pain, or bleeding
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Pain in the abdominal region

Some STDs exhibit symptoms characteristic of the stage of the disease. The ones that affect the entire body have likely moved out of the infectious stage, and are in the disease stage. They can cause symptoms like muscle aches, body aches, fever, rashes, and so on. It is not a smart thing to take STDs lightly. Viral STDs, in particular, can result in death, when left untreated. So, if you do not know your STD health status, get yourself tested with now, conveniently and privately.