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If you are sexually active it is important to know how to check for STI and STD symptoms. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are an umbrella term used to describe the over 20 different types of sexually transmitted infections that include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, trichomoniasis, hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV).

Many of these infections can be life threatening so it is essential that one knows what symptoms to look for so one can seek treatment early. The following is a list of STDs with a brief explanation for each infections and their possible symptoms in women and men associated with the infections.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDs is a viral infection with no know cure as yet. It is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids which includes blood, semen, saliva, breast milk or vaginal secretions. Any form of unprotected sex can puts one at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

The symptoms associated with HIV/AIDs may include flu-like symptoms within the first few weeks of being exposed to the infection. It is not uncommon for people who have contracted HIV to be symptom free for years. As the infection progresses the following symptoms may occur in both men and women:

  • Swollen lymph glands in the throat, armpits and groin
  • Recurrent fever
  • Night Sweats
  • Rapid weight loss with no explanation
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • White spots and blemishes in the mouth
  • White coating on tongue, or in mouth
  • Recurring yeast infections
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Frequent infections
  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Deep, dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Decreased metal ability
  • Unexplained bleeding from growths on the skin, mouth, nose, anus and vagina
  • Skin rashes
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Loss of reflex control

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact. It is the most common STD in the United States. According to Planned Parenthood an estimated 3 million people are infected with Chlamydia each year in the United States alone. Chlamydia primarily infects the vagina, cervix, penis, anus, urethra, eyes and throat.

STD symptoms from chlamydia are not always present. In fact, most people are unaware they are infected with chlamydia and a person can be symptom free for life. According to Planned Parenthood roughly 3 out of 4 women have no outward symptoms of chlamydia as well as half of the men that are infected. For individuals who develop any symptoms (which can show up in as little as 5 to 10 days after exposure), they are usually mild and will usually disappear on its own within 3 weeks after exposure.

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women

For women, symptoms of chlamydia may show up as:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Low grade fever
  • Pain, or burning during urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Inflammation of the vagina, or anus
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
  • Yellowish vaginal discharge with a strong odor

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men

In men, the symptoms of chlamydia include:

  • Pain during urination
  • Burning during urination
  • Anal swelling
  • Discharge that looks like, pus, water, or milk from the penis
  • Swelling of the testicles
  • Tenderness of the testicles

Genital Warts

Genital warts is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This STD causes warts to grow on your skin around the area of the genitals and anus. It is not curable, but the symptoms can be treated with medication.The symptoms of genital warts are the same for both men and women.

Genital Wart Symptoms

  • Flesh colored bumps that are soft to the touch
  • Itchy bumps

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The bacteria is transmitted through sexual contact and it can affect the vagina, penis, cervix, urethra, anus and throat. Common slang terms for gonorrhea would be “the clap” or “the drip.”

It is not uncommon for people with gonorrhea to have no outward STD symptoms, especially in more than 50% of women and about 10% of men. For individuals who are infected, symptoms can develop in as little as 1 to 10 days after exposure.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women

In females, symptoms of gonorrhea may include:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irregular periods
  • Bleeding mid menstrual cycle
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Swelling of the vulva
  • Tenderness of the vulva
  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal discharge with a yellowish green hue
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Anal itching and discharge
  • Sore throat
  • Itchy throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Painful bowel movements

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men

In males, symptoms of gonorrhea may include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain and burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Anal itching
  • Anal discharge
  • Sore throat
  • Itchy throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Painful bowel movements

Herpes

Herpes is a very common infection caused by two different viruses that are close in relation. Herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. Both remain in the body for life and have dormant and active phases. Both types can affect the mouth and genital area. It is not uncommon for people to be entirely unaware that they have contracted herpes because many people never have an outbreak, or symptoms.

Symptoms of Oral Herpes

  • Blister like sores around the lips and mouth

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

  • Blisters like sores on the anus, penis, vagina, vulva, cervix, or buttocks
  • Burning from urine touching sores
  • Inability to urinate
  • Itching
  • Pain

Syphilis

Syphilis is an STD that is caused by the bacterium Treponema Pallidum that can affect virtually every part of the body. Known as the great imitator, syphilis can be difficult to detect because the symptoms can be so mild. Roughly 36,000 people in the United States contact syphilis each year. If left untreated, syphilis can cause major health complications. The symptoms of this STD are the same in women and men. The illness progresses in three stages.

Primary Stage Symptoms

  • Painless sores on genitals, vagina, cervix, breast, anus and lips
  • Wet ulcers on genitals, vagina, cervix, breast, anus and lips
  • Swollen glands

Secondary Stage Symptoms

  • Rash on palms, hands and sole of feet
  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Swollen glands
  • Muscle pains
  • Headache

Late Stage Symptoms

  • Damage to the nervous system, heart, brain and other organs
  • Potentially fatal

Trichomoniasis

Among the easiest STDs to treat, trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan, or microscopic single celled organism. More than eight million Americans are infected with this disease each year. Oftentimes, people will show no STD symptoms when they contract trichomoniasis. However, for those that do the symptoms are different for men and women.

Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Women

  • Frothy vaginal discharge
  • Unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itchiness
  • Swollen groin
  • Pain and burning during urination
  • Urinary frequency

Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Men

  • Discharge from urethra
  • Pain and burning during urination
  • Urinary frequency

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a type of viral infection that affects the liver. There is no cure for the infection, but symptoms often go away on their own. The most common form of hepatitis spread through sexual activity is type B, but in rare cases type C and A can also be transmitted sexually. In some cases hepatitis can cause severe liver damage and possibly result in death. It is spread through bodily fluids like vaginal secretions, semen. blood and urine. Hepatits doesn’t always cause symptoms, but if symptoms occur they are the same in women and men.

Hepatitis Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Tenderness and pain in the lower abdomen
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Dark Urine
  • Pale bowel movements
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes

Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, often referred to as crabs, is spread easily through sexual contact. Pubic lice are tiny insects that attach to the hair and skin around the genitals. The symptoms of pubic lice do not typically show up for five days after contracting them and some people never get symptoms. When symptoms do occur they are the same in women and men.

Symptoms of Pubic Lice

  • Intense itching around the genitals, or anus
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Visible lice in pubic hair
  • Visible egg sacs in pubic hair

HPV

HPV, or the human papillomavirus is a common STD that can cause a variety of cancers, including cervical cancer. It is easily spread through skin to skin contact. There are more than 100 types of HPV, from the kind that cause warts on your feet, to the kind that cause cervical cancer. Roughly 40 different types of HPV can affect the genital area. Most people are unaware that they have HPV because there are no STD symptoms associated with the disease.

CMV

CMV, or cytomegalovirus is one of the lesser spoken about STDs. It is caused by a virus that is transmitted through bodily fluids during casual sexual contact. Most people do not experience symptoms when they have a CMV infection, but when they do experience STD symptoms  they are the same for men and women.

CMV Symptoms

  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Digestive upset
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes