STD Symptoms You Should Know About

Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are incredibly common. Every year, more than 19 million new infections occur in the United States, according to the Office on Women’s Health. Even more people remain undiagnosed. So many people have STDs without knowing it that scientists refer to these diseases as “the hidden epidemic.”

One of the reasons many people don’t know they are infected is that many STDs do not have any symptoms. STDs that are frequently asymptomatic include:

STD Symptoms You Should Know About

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • syphilis
  • trichomoniasis
  • genital herpes may be asymptomatic, but not always
  • pubic lice

People may be infected with these STDs for years without knowing it. Even when STDs do not have obvious symptoms, they can still damage your body. Untreated, asymptomatic STDs increase the risk of infertility. They can cause certain types of cancer. They can spread to your sexual partners. They can damage a fetus. In addition, some may make you more susceptible to HIV infection.

Testing & Asymptomatic Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Because you may be infected with STDs without any symptoms, regular screening is incredibly important. If you are sexually active, it’s important to talk to your doctor about whether you should be screened for STDs. You cannot assume that your doctor will automatically screen you. Screening is not a part of a standard health exam.

You cannot know whether you have an STD unless you have asked for a test and received your results.

Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STDs catch many people off guard. It’s not just the lack of obvious symptoms. Many patients are in denial that they may have caught a stigmatized disease. Therefore, they may ignore potential STD symptoms and hope they’ll go away. However, it’s important to protect your sexual health. Be aware of any physical changes, however minor. Seek medical help to understand them.

It may seem embarrassing to talk to your doctor about STD symptoms, but don’t let that stop you. Chances are they have heard much worse, and it is your physician’s responsibility to care for you without judgment or reproach. They can treat your infection. They can also counsel you on how to reduce your STD risk in the future.

STD symptoms can range from mild to extreme. Some of the most common symptoms of STDs are described below.
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