Symptoms can occur regardless of the type of sexual intercourse – vaginal, oral or anal and regardless of the use of condoms. Condoms are effective in reducing the chances of sexually transmitted diseases, but no protection method, other than abstinence, is not 100% effective. This especially applies to certain transmitted diseases, such as genital warts and genital herpes.
Symptoms can range from subtle to obvious. If you think you have any of these diseases, see a doctor immediately. Some can easily be treated and eliminated, while some require long-term treatment.
Also if you notice any of them, it is important to know all the partners, so that they can be tested. If left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases can increase the risk of other diseases such as HIV.
These are some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and their symptoms:
It is a bacterial infection of the genital tract. It is hard to detect because in early stages it often has little or no symptoms. They occur usually three weeks after exposure.
Signs and symptoms
- Painful urination
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Discharge from penis
- Painful sexual intercourse in women
- Pain in the testicles in men
Bacterial infection of the genital tract. The first symptoms appear within two to 10 days of the occurrence. However, some people may be infected for months before the first signs and symptoms appear.
Signs and symptoms
- Thick or bloody discharge from the penis and vagina
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Frequent urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
The disease hinders the body’s ability to effectively fight viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause disease, and it can lead to AIDS and chronic and life-threatening diseases. Some people develop flu-like symptoms, usually two to six weeks after infection.
Early symptoms of HIV include
- General weakness
- Swollen lymph glands
These early symptoms, which disappear within a week to a month, are often regarded as symptoms of other viral infections. During this period you are very contagious. More serious symptoms of HIV don’t have to occur within 10 or more years of initial infection. As the virus continues to multiply and destroy the immune system you may develop mild infections or chronic symptoms such as:
- Damaged lymph nodes, often one of the first signs of HIV
- Weight Loss
- Coughing and wheezing
Signs and symptoms in the later stage:
- Constant fatigue
- Night sweats
- Fever or a temperature of 38 degrees for a period of several weeks
- Swollen lymph nodes for more than three months
- Chronic diarrhea