As was already mentioned, many different STD types can be transmitted sexually, and many can be asymptomatic. Although, you should not wait until the symptoms appear before visiting a doctor. We recommend seeking medical advice if you think you have had exposure to an STD or had sex with a partner who has or may have an STD. We describe the most common sexually transmitted diseases and their symptoms below.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect the anus as well as the genitals. Symptoms are often not present, but they include vaginal or penile discharge, pain with intercourse, painful urination, or rectal bleeding (if it involves the rectum).
STD testing includes a simple swab depending on the area affected, including the penile meatus (the opening where urine exits), anus/rectum, and the cervix. Fortunately, Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is another sexually transmitted disease that is also primarily asymptomatic. When symptoms are present, they tend to be vaginal or penile discharge. Pain with intercourse can be present, as well as bleeding and painful urination.
Gonorrhea, similar to Chlamydia, can also be tested using a simple swab depending on the area affected. You can also treat this with antibiotics.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can present in many ways. There are different stages of syphilis, and each may present with various symptoms ranging from genital ulcers that are painless to rashes on the body and palms and soles of the feet. If left untreated, serious complications can occur. As such, testing for infection with syphilis is critical. Testing includes taking a blood sample. In some cases, testing the fluid from the sores can be diagnostic.
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