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Learning how to listen to STD symptoms is crucial not only f or f inding
the best possible treatment, but also f or reversing the condition. Most
STDs in their early stages do not always show the symptoms; hence, it is
prudent to visit your doctor periodically.

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  1. 1. st dt m m/std-sympto ms-signs-that-mean-it-is-time-to -visit-yo ur-do cto r/ STD Symptoms | Signs That Mean It is Time to Visit Your Doctor STD Tips Octo ber 10, 2013 Learning how to listen to ST D symptoms is crucial not only f or f inding the best possible treatment, but also f or reversing the condition. Most ST Ds in their early stages do not always show the symptoms; hence, it is prudent to visit your doctor periodically. If symptoms are showing, use them as your ST D alert to see your doctor right away. STD symptoms are of the f irst alerts that you have the inf ection or disease. If you know how to recognize it, you will be able to detect the disease as early as possible. You can then get the right treatment that will enable you to enjoy the best recovery or reversal of your condition. COMMON STD TYPES AND THEIR SYMPTOMS T here are various types of sexually transmitted diseases. Here are the common types and their symptoms. Chlamydia Genital Warts or HPV Bacterial Vaginosis Herpes HIV/AIDS Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) Symptoms Most of the common ST Ds are actually ST Is (sexually transmitted inf ections). BV is one of them. If you have an exposure to ST Ds and you have BV, you are more likely to catch the disease. Here are the BV symptoms that you should be aware of , as f ollows: Yellowish or grayish vaginal discharge Fish-like smell that worsens af ter sexual intercourse However, most BV inf ections usually come with no symptoms. Further, ST Ds like trichomoniasis share the same symptoms. You will need immediate medical attention when the f ollowing symptoms of BV occur: Pain in your lower belly High f ever Vaginal itching since this is uncommon Pain when having sex or urinating It is also necessary that you consult your physician if during your pregnancy; there are signs of BV or any other ST D inf ections. Chlamydia Symptoms Here are the usual symptoms of ST D chlamydia:
  2. 2. Clear, whitish, or yellowish discharge coming f rom the tip of a man’s penis A man with chlamydia will usually have the f requent urge to urinate and may experience burning sensation when urinating Genital sores A woman with chlamydia will experience pain during sexual intercourse, urination, and menstruation Discomf ort similar to having menstrual cramps Bleeding outside of the menstrual period Vaginal itching or burning sensation Vaginal discharge with bad smell T he f oregoing should serve as your ST D alert to prompt you to consult with your physician the soonest time possible. Chlamydia requires urgent medical attention since it can lead to sterility when lef t untreated. In women, these signs of an ST D can result with serious complications such as pelvic inf lammatory disease. In certain instances, although rarely or unusual, a woman suf f ering f rom this ST D may develop vaginal lesions. Symptoms of Genital Warts or HPV Venereal warts showing in the genitals are f rom the human papillomavirus or HPV, which is one of the most common ST Ds. Some f orms of HPV can be cancerous. It is theref ore necessary to visit your physician especially when the f ollowing symptoms are present: Genital bumps that resemble the shape and look of a caulif lower. T he bumps may also appear elsewhere in the body. ST D warts that show in the mouth, throat, tongue, and lips Keep in mind that HPV usually does not come with symptoms and warts may only appear f rom six weeks up to six months f ollowing the transmission or af ter your inf ection. It is always best to submit yourself to diagnostic tests periodically. Herpes Signs and Symptoms T here are two types of the herpes simplex virus (HSV): HSV-1 or oral herpes HSV-2 or genital herpes General Sympt oms of Herpes T he general symptoms are the f ollowing: Genital blisters Fever or cold sores (sores that typically appear in the areas surrounding the lips and mouth) T hese conditions will usually precede an outbreak Illness f rom mild to severe Stress whether physical or emotional Immunosuppression f rom AIDS or medications Menstruation Fatigue
  3. 3. Genital lesions or cracked skin around the genital area with no pain or itchiness Itchy or tingling sensation around your genital and/or anal areas Blisters and sores usually on the penis or vagina or can also appear on the areas surrounding the rectum, buttocks, and thighs Pain during urination, especially f or women Flu-like symptoms including backache and headache Sympt oms Specif ic t o Genit al Herpes HPV may also be asymptomatic, which is similar to other ST Ds with no symptoms. Human Immunodef iciency Virus (HIV) Inf ection HIV has several stages, the f inal of which is AIDS. It is always prudent to get diagnostic tests f rom your physician when you have the risk f actors. It is necessary to see your physician immediately when the f ollowing signs and symptoms of ST D are showing: Acut e Ret roviral Syndrome, t he First St age Belly cramps Nausea and vomiting Fever Sore throat symptoms Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin Muscle aches or joint pain Headache Diarrhea Weight loss Note that symptoms may not always appear on this initial stage of HIV, and theref ore you may already have the virus and yet not know it. Chronic or Lat ency St age Changes in your bowel movement including diarrhea Fever Fatigue Dry cough Swollen lymph nodes Sore throat and pain when swallowing Mouth sores or thrush Night sweats Nail discoloration Changes in mood or personality Genital herpes General malaise
  4. 4. General malaise Loss of appetite accompanied by weight loss In women, consider any of the f ollowing as signs of HIV: T he repeated occurrence of vaginal yeast inf ection, more than thrice a year, and the inf ection is not f rom the use of antibiotics. Recurring pelvic inf lammatory disease or PID Abnormal results of the PAP test and cancer of the cervix Advanced St age It is during this stage that AIDS will develop, the reason it is necessary that you visit your physician at the f irst signs and symptoms of HIV. From the f ollowing symptoms, you will know that your condition is already in the advanced stage: Development and occurrence of opportunistic inf ections such as the f ollowing: Candidiasis (bronchi, esophagus, lungs, or trachea) Cervical Cancer Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Lymphoma Tuberculosis Pneumonia Wasting Syndrome Acquired Immune Def iciency Syndrome (AIDS) You will know that you have entered the last stage of HIV, and you now have to battle AIDS, with the f ollowing symptoms: Extremely weak and volatile immune system that exposes the body to instant ailments especially to opportunistic inf ections T he appearance of thrush Severe vaginal yeast inf ections Extreme tiredness Rapid weight loss Frequent occurrence of f ever and night sweats Lymph node swelling Skin rashes Increased shortness of breath Persistent deep and dry cough Skin growth that is purplish in color and may appear inside the mouth Skin lesions and bleeding Loss of muscle control Severe numbness or pain Deterioration of mental abilities, loss of f ocus or concentration, and personality changes
  5. 5. Gender-Specif ic Symptoms Below is the list of symptoms specif ic to men or women that should prompt you to see your doctor the soonest time possible. Signs and Sympt oms of STD in Men Discharge usually f rom the tip of your penis Inf lammation of your genitals, usually your testicles Pain when urinating Muscle and joint pain Nausea and vomiting Skin and nail discoloration Flu-like symptoms Sore throat Skin and genital lesions Blisters and sores Fungal infection symptoms Itchiness, pain, or tingling of the skin where blisters appear Warts on the areas surrounding your genitals Loss of appetite Sudden and unexplained weight loss Skin rashes Unusual vaginal discharge with or without smell Vaginal itching and pain Recurring urinary tract inf ection Spotting in between menstrual periods Pain when urinating or having sex Abdominal cramps and pain Vaginal warts Oral warts Sore throat Persistent dry cough Shortness of breath Fever, chills, night sweats Flu-like symptoms General f eeling of tiredness and f atigue Mood and personality changes HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE AN STD
  6. 6. Remember that ST Ds usually do not have symptoms, especially during their early stages. So, how do you know if you have an ST D without these symptoms showing? Risk Factors One of the very f irst things you can do is to determine you risk f actors. T hese f actors increase your chances of getting an ST D. Here are some: Unprotected Sex – you are exposing yourself and your partner to the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases without wearing protection while having sex. Men should wear condoms especially when their sex lif e is active or have sex with dif f erent partners. Multiple Sex Partners – the signs and symptoms of ST Ds are more common to persons having multiple sexual partners. T he more partners you have in sex, the greater the chances you will get or pass ST Ds. Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Prohibited Drug Use – consider the ef f ects of alcohol consumption. It removes your inhibitions and weakens your immune system. Drug use exposes you to needle sharing, which is one of the common ways to transmit sexual diseases or inf ections. Prohibited drug use can also do much damage to your immune system. Diagnostic Tests When risk f actors are present, it is always advisable that you submit yourself to screening and other diagnostic tests regardless if symptoms are showing or not. You can also take advantage of online resources such as the f ollowing: ST D quiz ST D symptoms chart ST D symptoms checker When you start engaging in sexual intercourse, you must know that you have a responsibility to take good care of yourself as well as your partner. Make sure to increase your protection against sexually transmitted disease. More importantly, always pay attention to STD symptoms. Hi and thanks f or visiting my blog. I am Emilia W. Crane. As a f uture gynecologist I am very concerned about increasing level of people inf ected with sexually transmitted diseases and low level of young people education in this f ield. So, in my blog I am trying to collect all usef ul inf ormation about prevention, symptoms, testing and treatment of stds. If you f eel anything should be added to the site or want to get more inf ormation on some topic, please f eel f ree to contact me via Facebook or Google+.