STI versus STD - What you Need to Know, Part II

Common Symptoms of STIs

If you are experiencing anything unusual it’s important to be checked out, even if the sensations resemble a bladder or vaginal infection. If you have no symptoms and are sexually active, discuss periodic testing to stay safe. Symptoms that you may experience:

A burning or painful sensation when urinating;

A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis; increased vaginal discharge/bleeding between periods;

Painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common);

Unusual rectal discharge;

Anal itching; Soreness or Bleeding;

Painful bowel movements. 



You should be examined by your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD, such as an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods.  You’ll want to abstain from sex until you’ve been tested and treated if need be.  Wait until at least a week after you’ve finished all your medication before getting frisky again. Your partner(s) will thank you.

Many STIs including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and Herpes can also be transmitted to your baby if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor!

Regardless of your age or state in life, make sure to have an open communication with your partner(s), practice safe sex, and above all, have fun and enjoy yourself. 


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