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Symptoms for 10 Common STIs

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These diseases are classified as STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) because they can be spread through sexual activity. Also known as STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections), these medical conditions may be dangerous if left Untreated and can also affect your future fertility & virility. Previously known as VD (Venereal Diseases).

List in Alphabetical Order with Infection Type.

1. Chlamydia (Bacterial

The symptoms of chlamydia between men and women are different.

Women may notice;

  • unusual vaginal discharge with a possible odor,
  • as well as itching and burning around the affected area.
  • Painful periods, or irregular bleeding during the menstrual cycle, can also occur.
  • Other symptoms include pain during sex and/or urination.

For men affected by chlamydia, the symptoms can include;

  • painful urination,
  • swollen testicles, and
  • burning and itching at the penile head.
  • There may also be clear or cloudy discharge, coming from the penis' opening.

Curable with the Right Treatment. (CDC)


2. Gonorrhea (Bacterial 

Even after the infection occurs, gonorrhea’s symptoms often take several weeks to become noticeable.

In both genders, the main symptom of gonorrhea is often;

  • Genital discharge, which can be either cloudy, creamy, or colored.
  • Persistent and painful urination, swollen genitals, and a sore throat are also common.

Women may also experience pain while having intercourse, and discomfort during menstruation.

Curable with the Right Treatment. (CDC)


Note: You can avoid Health Complications if your STI is Detected & Treated. To receive proper treatment, testing is required.

3. Hepatitis A (Viral)

Symptoms of hepatitis A arise 14 to 28 days after infection. They can include;

  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • dark urine.

Adults are more likely to experience the symptoms of hepatitis A than children. Young children (particularly those under 6 years of age) do not often have noticeable symptoms of hepatitis A infection. About 10% of people who contract hepatitis A will experience recurrent or long-term symptoms. A much smaller percentage will experience liver failure.

Your body will clear this virus on its own. No specific treatment. (Mayo Clinic)


4. Hepatitis B (Viral)

Most people do not know they have Hepatitis B until the infection is quite advanced. During the early phases, Hepatitis B generally does not cause symptoms. In the rare cases that it does cause symptoms, they are generally similar to those of the flu and may include:

  • yellowing of the skin
  • dark urine
  • nausea
  • extreme fatigue.

Chronic Hepatitis B infection can lead to severe liver damage and cirrhosis. This can cause; yellowing of the skin and eyes, pain, nausea, bloating, problems with blood clotting, and more.

No cure but most people will recover shortly. If a chronic infection happens it could be lifelong. (Cleveland Clinic)


5. Hepatitis C (Viral)

The symptoms for hepatitis A, B, and C are very similar. They also may not appear for several weeks, or even a few months, after the infection is contracted. Hepatitis C's core symptoms include;

  • fatigue
  • sore muscles
  • abdominal pain
  • dark urine
  • abnormal stool
  • fever
  • jaundice
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting.

With proper treatment, many people can be cured. (WHOIf a chronic infection develops it could be lifelong if not treated. (CDC


6. Herpes (Viral)   

Both genital and oral herpes are attributed to the herpes simplex virus (HSV). They also carry similar characteristics. Both types of herpes can be asymptomatic, or they will produce painful;

Genital Herpes Symptoms

  • Painful, blistering sores on the genitals
  • Burning, itching and painful discharge from either the penis or vagina
  • Painful urination has also been noted.
  • Flu-like symptoms have also occurred with genital herpes.

Oral Herpes Symptoms

  • Cold Sores on or around mouth
  • Fever blisters on or around mouth

No cure for Oral or Genital Herpes but there are treatments to shorten the outbreaks. (CDC)

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7. HIV (Viral)

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus responsible for AIDS. Many HIV-positive people are not aware that they are infected at first. In the early stages of infection (2-4 weeks) after contracting the virus, approximately 80% of people will experience flu-like symptoms;

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body rashes

They are all common in the early stages of HIV infection. These symptoms are commonly dismissed as resulting from the flu or a cold and are followed by an asymptomatic period that can last for months or even years. During this time, the virus is replicating and damaging the immune system, but has not produced enough damage to cause symptoms.

No cure but treatment will reduce the amount of HIV in your body. (CDC)

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8. HPV (Viral)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that includes more than a 100 strains or types, of which around 40 can be sexually transmitted.

Many people who contract HPV are unaware of it, as the virus often produces no symptoms. Others may develop

  • Genital Warts
  • Warts in their throat (rare cases)

The virus is most commonly transmitted by genital-to-genital contact during vaginal or anal sex but can also be transmitted through oral sex or kissing.

There is no treatment for HPV itself, but treatments for health problems it causes. Genital Warts can go away with proper treatment or prescription meds. (CDC)

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9. Syphilis (Bacterial

Syphilis' symptoms arrive in three stages for both men and women. For the first stage, a painless sore (chancre) grows on the genital area. This chancre will heal by itself in 3-6 weeks, but the syphilis is still very active. Lymph node swelling may also occur.

After 2 to 12 weeks, syphilis will enter its second stage, which is characterized by a rash. This rash can cause open, pus-filled sores. By 2 months, these skin symptoms will also clear up.

After that, syphilis enters its third stage and most severe.

This stage begins with an overall feeling of; 

  • being unwell
  • fever
  • weakness
  • nervous system abnormalities.

Curable with the Right Treatment but might not undo the damage caused by Syphilis if you waited too long to get treated. (CDC)


10. Trichomoniasis (Parasitic)

Three out of every ten people who are infected may notice symptoms approximately to 30 days after being exposed. When symptoms do occur, they only involve the vulvavagina, or penis because trichomoniasis does not infect other parts of the body such as the anus or mouth. 

For Women, the first noticeable symptom is itching of the vagina or vulva, which is referred to as vaginitisMen and Women with trichomoniasis can also develop an infection of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the body. If the urethra becomes infected, urination is accompanied by a 

  • Bad odor or discomfort.
  • Frequent urination often occurs as well.
  • Irritation and itching can also occur.

Curable with the Right Treatment. (CDC)


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To avoid being infected practice safe sex which includes using condoms and not engaging in sex with an infected person. If you have any of these symptoms you should be tested ASAP (as soon as possible) and sexual partners be contacted.



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