STD Symptoms

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STD (sexually transmitted disease) and STI (sexually transmitted infection) are two terms used to describe the same viruses, bacteria, and other agents that are passed from person to person through sexual intercourse and can cause infection/disease. Surprisingly, the most common symptoms of STDs are no symptoms at all, making it very important for those who are sexually active, and especially those who have ever engaged in unprotected sex, to get tested.

Symptoms of STDs can range from none to impossible to ignore, based on which STD is present, and what stage the infection is in. This makes it difficult to talk about STD symptoms as a whole, as they vary so much based on the specific infection. Since symptoms of an STD are not specific, and one symptom can be caused by more than one disease process, there is some overlap between symptoms that are caused by STDs and those caused by other disorders. Just because you have a symptom (such as burning with urination) that can be caused by an STD, doesn't mean you necessarily have one. This is why testing is so important; it's the only way to know whether you have a STD.

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STDs and long-term complications

It is also important to note that STDs can often have no symptoms that you can see or feel. So, a lack of obvious symptoms does not guarantee that you are STD-free. If undetected and left untreated, some STDs may cause long-term problems such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, organ damage, whole body illness, and even death. This underscores the importance of testing if you are sexually active and want to know your risk. The presence or absence of symptoms can't be relied upon as a "measure" of your STD status. Testing remains the only way to know whether or not you are infected, and regular testing is encouraged by the CDC for those who are at increased risk of contracting STDs.

Common STD symptoms

Most people think of STDs and their symptoms as only occurring in the genitals; however, signs of STDs can show up in other areas, such as the mouth, throat, and anus (for those engaging in oral and anal sex).

STD Symptoms

While these signs of an STD easily come to mind when someone worries about a potential infection, there are many more that typically aren't thought of, and that affect the body as a whole, such as headache, fever, muscle aches, body rash, or weight loss. These STI symptoms typically occur in the later stages of an infection, and can signal more advanced disease. If you have a concerning symptom and are sexually active, it is important to undergo comprehensive STD testing to determine whether or not you are infected with an STD.

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