STD symptoms can be tricky to identify, especially since they can run the gamut from barely noticeable to painful and intense. Of course, symptoms of STDs can do more than just wreak havoc on you physically; they can also have an emotional impact, and understandably so. While STD symptoms aren’t always a given following infection, if you’re sexually active, it’s important to be able to recognize when something is amiss below the belt.
Genital discharge is a common STD symptom that can impact men and women alike. STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can produce penile discharge in males and vaginal discharge in females. This discharge may be thick, yellow, or green, and it may also produce a notably foul odor.
Among the most well-known STD symptoms is general genital soreness and itching in males and females. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, and trichomoniasis can all produce pain in this region. Genital pain can range from mild to severe.
Diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can all result in a burning sensation during urination. For men, pain upon or during ejaculation has also been reported with this symptom. If you experience these common STD symptoms, it's important to get it checked out.
Genital sores are among the most common STD symptoms in women and men due to the prevalence of herpes (though syphilis can produce sores that are hard and painless). When caused by herpes, vaginal or penile sores may blister and become painful. Outbreaks can vary in severity, and in fact, they can be so mild, STDs are commonly mistaken for conditions such as jock itch or a yeast infection.
If you’re sexually active and come to notice any of these signs and symptoms, stop have sex and get yourself tested for STDs as quickly as possible. Many common symptoms of STDs can be easily treated once their underlying cause is identified, so don’t suffer unnecessarily when you can get answers and help.
Posted By Pinpoint MD on Friday, December 16, 2011 2:24:49 PM America/Chicago
It's no secret that STD testing can help you protect your sexual health, but did you know that it can also help you avoid giving off an unpleasant smell? According to research recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men with certain STDs may be more likely to emit unpleasant bodily odors than those who aren't infected.
Posted By Pinpoint MD on Friday, December 16, 2011 2:39:43 PM America/Chicago
Most STD testing campaigns are designed to target sexually active people in their teens, 20s, and 30s. After all, younger people have historically been associated with higher infection rates and less responsible sexual habits. But sexually active members of the over-50 crowd shouldn’t let themselves off the hook when it comes to STD testing. According to recently published data, STD infection rates have been on the rise among those over 50, and part of the reason has to do with the stigma surrounding STD testing in older folks. Whereas medical professionals are often quick to promote STD testing among their young adult patients, many don’t think to broach the topic of STD testing with those who are older. But clearly, the over-50 crowd can use a significant push in that arena. Of course, nobody wants to begrudge older folks the ability to maintain healthy sex lives. But when it comes to STD testing and responsible sexual practices, being over 50 doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be vigilant about your sexu
Posted By Pinpoint MD on Friday, December 2, 2011 8:09:36 AM America/Chicago
GetSTDtested.com, offering private home and local lab STD testing and treatment services, recently launched a new series of humorous viral videos to aid in its fight against the growing STD epidemic in the United States. The videos, which are featured on the company’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/getSTDtested), encourage STD prevention among Millennials through vigilant STD testing. GetSTDtested.com believes that the off-beat, quirky humor will make the subject of STD testing more approachable for new couples, thus more likely to happen.