STD Symptoms

If you are a sexually active individual you are at risk for contracting a Sexually Transmitted Disease. Some STDs have obvious STD symptoms, while others may produce no symptoms at all. This is why regular STD testing is necessary. As a sexually active individual, it is important to be able to recognize STD symptoms so that you can seek testing and treatment immediately. While symptoms vary for different diseases, some general symptoms include: abnormal discharge, pain during intercourse, genital itching, and flu-like symptoms. Of course, this is not a complete list and certain diseases may produce symptoms not listed, or produce no symptoms at all. This is why it is important to pay attention to your body and regularly visit one of our trusted testing centers. If you think you might have an STD or are experiencing any of the below symptoms, contact your nearest Stress Free STD Testing facility for same-day testing and take charge of your sexual health!

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• Chlamydia - Known as a "silent" disease, as most people experience no STD symptoms. Ignoring these symptoms can cause serious health problems, like infertility.

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STD Symptoms in Men:
Burning during urination
White, cloudy, watery discharge from tip of penis
Itching around penis opening
Anal infection STD symptoms: pain, bleeding, and/or discharge from anus

STD Symptoms in Women:
Abnormal/odorous vaginal discharge
Lower abdominal and back pain
Nausea
Burning during urination
Fever
Pain during intercourse
Bleeding between menstrual periods
Itching or burning in or around the vagina

Transmission
Through oral, anal, or vaginal sex

Diagnosis
Urinalysis (SFHT Diagnostic)

Treatment
Single dose of Azithromycin or week of BID dosing doxycycline. Re-infection possible if partners haven’t completed treatment before resuming intercourse

• Gonorrhea -Ignoring these symptoms can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and sterility. It can also spread to blood or joints, resulting in life threatening disease if this STD is ignored.

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Incubation period of 1-14 days

STD Symptoms in Men:
Many will have no STD symptoms
Painful, burning, or frequent urination
Abnormal discharge (Clear or milky, later becoming thick, yellow, excessive, and sometimes blood-tinged)
Painful or swollen testicles
Anal infection STD symptoms: pain, bleeding, and/or discharge from anus

STD Symptoms in Women:
Early STD symptoms sometimes mistaken for bladder or vaginal infection
Yellow vaginal discharge
Lower abdominal pain
Irregular menstrual bleeding
Swollen or painful glands at vagina opening
Genital itching
Fever and general tiredness
Pain during intercourse

Transmission
Through oral, anal, or vaginal sex

Diagnosis
Urinalysis (SFHT Diagnostic)

Treatment
Single dose of Cipro XR, Levaquin, or Tequin

• Hepatitis B / Hepatitis C - Ignoring hepatitis symptoms can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and sterility. It can also spread to blood or joints, resulting in life threatening diseases if these symptoms are ignored.

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STD Symptoms:
Dark urine
Extreme Fatigue
Nausea
Vomiting
Mild Fever
Constant discomfort on right side of the abdomen, under rib cage, where liver is located.
Jaundice (skin, whites of eyes appear yellow)

Transmission
Contact with blood or other bodily fluids
Unsafe injection practices or sexual contact

Diagnosis
Blood testing for antigens/antibodies

Treatment
Acute hepatitis: usually, only medications for STD symptom relief and support.
Chronic hepatitis: injections of interferon for 4-6 months or oral dosing of lamivudine for minimum one year.

• Herpes – Herpes is caused by either of two herpes simplex viruses. Generally, HSV-2 causes genital herpes; however, it can be caused by genital infection of HSV-1.

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STD Symptoms:
Initially, flu-like STD symptoms (headache, muscle aches, fever), swollen lymph nodes in groin
Tingling, burning, itching, and redness at site where outbreak is about to occur
Small red bumps or tiny white blisters that become oozing ulcers
Painful urination if internal ulcers
Recurrent outbreaks cause painful blisters that rupture, become sores, and heal after 6-12 days.

Transmission
HSV-1: Through sexual or skin-to-skin contact. Causes cold sores or fever blisters. Can be transmitted to the genital area
HSV-2: Through sexual or skin-to-skin contact. More contagious than HSV-1. Can be transmitted without an open sore.
Diagnosis
Blood testing for presence of HSV antibodies
DNA testing for early detection and determining which type HSV you have.
Treatment
No cure; however, prescription antiviral medications are often recommended to treat STD symptoms. They help keep STD symptoms at bay by speeding healing of sores, lessening severity and duration, reducing frequency, and minimizing chance of transmission to others.

• HIV 1/2 - Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV 1/2) rapidly spreads infection to immune system cells. Without treatment, HIV 1/2 will eventually result in AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), a condition where the immune system is heavily disabled, leaving individuals susceptible to infections. The presence of other STD's greatly increases susceptibility to HIV 1/2 infection of individuals without HIV 1/2 and infectiousness of individuals with HIV 1/2.

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STD Symptoms:
Some get flu-like symptoms 3-6 weeks after exposure.
Acute HIV 1/2 Syndrome Symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, enlarged lymph nodes in neck, armpits and groin.

Majority infected will not have any symptoms.
Despite absence of symptoms, you are still highly contagious and infectious.

Chronic HIV 1/2 symptoms:
Swollen lymph nodes
Diarrhea
Weight Loss
Fever
Cough, shortness of breath

Transmission
Through infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions
Not by skin-to-skin contact

Diagnosis
Blood testing

Treatment
Combining several drugs to prevent viral immunity to single drugs
A drug treatment plan can reduce viral load to where it is undetectable

• Syphilis – Syphilis is a bacterial infection. Syphilis symptoms develop in stages. Syphilis is known as the "great imitator," as many of its symptoms resemble other STD symptoms. This makes differential diagnosis difficult and laboratory testing necessary.

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STD Symptoms:
Primary Stage:
Marked by several symptoms, including chancre sores at the infection site. Sores don’t have to appear on genitals or appear at location of exposure/infection. Multiple sores are possible if the infection occurs in multiple locations. Sores can appear internally and go unnoticed. More syphilis symptoms include swollen lymph nodes near the chancre. Symptoms begin approximately 21 days after exposure and last 28-42 days. Even if the chancre has healed and no other symptoms are present, individuals can still be infectious. Secondary Stage syphilis symptoms begin 4-10 weeks after the chancre appearance. Some symptoms include full-body rash of reddish brown, small, solid, flat or raised sores less than 2 cm across. Symptoms also include small, open sores on mucous membranes; they may contain pus. Moist sores resembling warts may be present around mouth or genitals. Individuals with these symptoms are highly contagious. Skin rash usually heals in 2-12 weeks on its own. Even if the symptoms have subsided, you may not be cured and can still infect others.

After Full Body Infection: STD symptoms: fever usually less than 101°F; sore throat; weakness or discomfort throughout body; weight loss; patchy hair loss, especially in eyebrows, eyelashes, and scalp; swollen lymph nodes; nervous system symptoms of secondary syphilis: headaches, stiff neck, vision or hearing problems, irritability, paralysis, unequal reflexes, and different-sized pupils.

Tertiary Stage: If symptoms are left untreated after secondary stage, the disease may go dormant for years only to return and damage the brain, eyes, nerves, heart, liver, bones, and joints. This occurs in 15-30% of people who don’t treat their STD symptoms.

Transmission
Contact with sore of infected individual. Enters through minor cuts/abrasions in skin or mucous membranes
Contagious during primary and secondary stages, sometimes early latent period
If previously infected and cured, re-infection is possible

Diagnosis
Blood testing for presence of antibodies

Treatment
Penicillin injection can eradicate the disease if caught early.

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