Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to the other mostly through sexual contact.
The contact can be vaginal, oral or other forms of sexual contact.
In some cases, STDS can be transmitted through non-sexual ways like:
• Blood transfusion
• Contaminated food
• Skin on skin contact
• Sharing sex toys •Sharing toothbrushes, razors or needles • Kissing.
An STD checkup should be part of your regular health checks but if you have never gotten around to do that, there will be some signs that you need to visit the hospital.
Painful or burning sensation during urination is a common sign of STDs like gonorrhea and herpes. It can also be a symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stone. Your best bet is getting it checked to know what is actually wrong.
ABNORMAL DISCHARGE OR BLEEDING AND SWELLING:
Discharge that looks unusual or smells unusual should definitely get checked. This applies to both men and women. Strange bleeding or swollen genitals can be a sign that all is not well so a visit to the hospital is very important.
Itchiness is a need to scratch and beyond being discomforting, it can be a common symptom of chlamydia, herpes, genital warts, etc. Itching can happen around the genital area; vagina, penis, the inner thighs or the buttocks.
RASH AND OPEN SORES:
Some rashes can be regular but small, reddish-brown bumps on any area of the body is a symptom of syphilis, HIV or herpes. Open sores near the the genital or anal area can be an indicator of STIs ad well.
Fevers are an indication that the body is trying to fight off an infection, it is possible for this to be a sexually transmitted one. Fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or headaches can be symptoms of a number of STDs.
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