Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as the name suggests, are diseases that are passed on from one partner to another during sexual intercourse.There are as many as twenty five different sexually transmitted diseases, and each of these has very distinctive symptoms that differentiate them from each other.
STDs affect both men and women. Symptoms may or may not present themselves. Listed below are some of the common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the symptoms associated with them.
General Symptoms Of Transmitted Diseases
Very often, an STD has been unnoticed until the patient experiences some amount of discomfort. Symptoms are what makes one aware of an STD. In general, symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may include abnormal vaginal and penile discharge, itching, a rash, pain, sores, redness and inflammation. Most often, sexually transmitted diseases are easily treatable; however, when left untreated for a prolonged period of time, they can result in complications. It is therefore advised that you consult a doctor as soon as symptoms are noted or if you are aware that your partner suffers from an STD.
Chlamydia is known as the “silent” disease; this is because it rarely presents with symptoms.
In women, when symptoms are noted, they appear as abnormal vaginal discharge and a burning sensation during micturition (urination). Since the disease moves upward from the cervix, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. When this happens, symptoms of pelvic pain and abdominal pain are noted.
In men, there is a burning sensation during micturition and pain in the testicles. A discharge from the penis is also noted. If the disease is caused due to anal sex, pain and bleeding in the rectum are common symptoms that are noticed in both men and women.
Symptoms of gonorrhea can appear up to 2 weeks after the disease is transmitted from an infected person.
In women, there is a marked change in the discharge from the vagina. There is also a burning sensation during micturition (urination).
In men, an abnormal penile discharge is noted. If passed on during anal sex, both men and women will experience some amount of irritation and also a discharge from the rectum.
The symptoms of syphilis can appear up to 3 months after the disease is transmitted from an infected partner, and this makes it difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of syphilis are the same in both men and women alike.
In women, a rash that does not itch and painless ulcers in the vagina are common symptoms.
In men, similar symptoms are noted on the penis. In both men and women, swelling of glands which in turn cause swelling in the groin, and symptoms that resemble the flu are commonly experienced.
Trichomoniasis often does not present with symptoms. However, when the symptoms are present, they are common in both men and women.
In women, a foul-smelling discharge is noted. Another symptom is dyspareunia (painful intercourse) or general discomfort. There is also pain during micturition. If the vulva is infected, then women may also develop cystitis.
In men, an abnormal discharge is a common symptom. Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) and dysuria (painful urination) are also noted.