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What Are the Common Symptoms of an STD?

Common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections include sores, rashes, discharge from the vagina or penis, and a burning sensation while urinating. Symptoms vary depending on which STI you have, and many infections do not cause any symptoms at all.

Chlamydia

  • Unusual vaginal discharge.
  • Burning while urinating.
  • Bleeding between periods.
  • Back and/or belly pain.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Nausea.
  • Fever.

Gonorrhea

  • Yellow or green vaginal discharge.
  • Pain or burning while urinating.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Bleeding between periods.
  • Anal discharge, itching, soreness, or bleeding.
  • Pain during bowel movements.

Hepatitis B

  • Tiredness.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Yellowing skin or eyes.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Darker urine.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Low fever.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Rashes.
  • Swollen and painful joints.

Herpes

  • Painful sores on the genitals, anus, or mouth.
  • Genital itching or burning.
  • Swollen glands near the genitals.
  • Pain when urinating.
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle aches.

HIV

HIV may cause flu-like symptoms in the first few weeks or months after infection. After that, there may be no symptoms for years. When HIV progresses, symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Dry cough.
  • Headache.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
  • Weight loss.
  • Fevers, chills, and night sweats.
  • Sores on the genitals, anus, or mouth.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.

HPV

  • Warts on the genitals, anus, or mouth, sometimes with itching, burning, or pain.
  • Growths on the cervix and vagina.

Certain strains of HPV may lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, or throat.

Syphilis

The first stage of syphilis includes symptoms like:

  • Painless sores on the genitals, anus, or lips.
  • Swollen lymph glands.

If the infection is not treated, it progresses to a secondary stage, which may cause:

  • Headaches.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Weight loss.
  • Fatigue.
  • Fever.
  • Sore throat.
  • Swollen lymph glands.
  • Hair loss.
  • Hands, feet, and stomach rashes.
  • Warts on the genitals, anus, or armpits.

With no treatment, syphilis can continue to progress to cause brain, nerve, eye, heart, or blood vessel damage or even death.

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