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3 STD Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

3 STD Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

When you notice a potential symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it’s rarely a good idea to ignore it. If you have an infection, you run the risk of spreading it to a partner, and untreated STDs can lead to complications like infertility. With STDs, it’s always better to have all possible information!

Dr. Ulin Sargeant and the team at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care provide confidential STD testing. If you notice any of the following three suspicious symptoms, come into our Duarte, California, clinic for testing right away. It’s safer for you and your partners to know what’s causing your symptoms and to get proper treatment promptly.

1. New bumps, sores, or rashes

If you’re sexually active, especially if you’ve recently started having sex with a new partner or you regularly have sex with multiple partners, it’s a good idea to watch out for changes to your body that might indicate an STD.

New bumps or sores on your genitals or other areas where you’ve had sexual contact can indicate an STD like genital herpes or syphilis. Unexpected bumps, blisters, or sores on your vulva, penis, mouth, or anus are signs that you should get STD testing. Sores can also be itchy or painful, causing discomfort and needing treatment.

A rash with red sores can also indicate the presence of a serious STD. If you have HIV, you could see fluid-filled red bumps, and rashes with large red sores all over your body might mean you have syphilis. Ignoring these symptoms can give your STD time to progress and further threaten your health.

2. Abnormal discharge

For both men and women, abnormal genital discharge is often a potential sign of an STD. The color and the consistency of discharge can give some clues as to the infection.

If your discharge is thick, cloudy, or bloody, it’s possible you have gonorrhea. Clear, white, yellowish, or greenish discharge can indicate trichomoniasis. If your discharge smells bad, it might indicate chlamydia or trichomoniasis. Getting tested for STDs is the best way to learn what’s causing your discharge.

3. Problems in the bathroom

In both men and women, the closeness of your urinary tract to your genitals means that STDs often affect your urination. Urinary issues might be your warning sign that you have an STD. 

Pain or burning sensations while urinating can indicate chlamydia or gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can also occur in the urinary tract, especially in men. Painful urination can occur the whole time you’re urinating or only as a spasm of pain as you finish emptying your bladder. 

You might also feel like you need to urinate but find that you don’t have any urine to produce. If you have a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection, you could see blood in your urine.

For people who engage in receptive anal intercourse, STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea can also result in painful defecation or persistent blood in the stool.

Getting tested and treated for STDs

Symptoms like new sores, smelly discharge, or painful urination are signs that you need STD testing as soon as possible. Getting tested for STDs is essential to protect your health and that of your sexual partners.

Many STDs can be resolved or managed with treatment. Get tested regularly, and talk to Dr. Sargeant about your test results to learn about the next steps.

For discrete STD testing and compassionate care, contact Dr. Sargeant at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care today. Call now to schedule your appointment, or book online anytime.

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