Whatever your flavor, or the sexual activity that tickle your fancy, be it oral, anal, or vaginal, so long as you indulge in any kind of sexual intercourse, you are susceptible to being infected by a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) if care is not taken.

The under-listed are some of the symptoms that may come about when infected with an STD.

Painful or burning urination

This symptom is more common in women than in men. The symptoms cause discomfort or a burning sensation when urinating. The STD infection affects urinary tract infection which therefore causes painful urination. Painful or burning urination is a symptom that occurs in STDs that are caused by bacteria such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, chancroid, lymphogranulomavenereum (LGV), mycoplasma genitalium, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), etc.

Genital discharge

Genital discharge in women is usual and normal; however, the presence of an STD infection may increase the quantity, change the color, and/or the smell of the vaginal discharge. Compared to the infected vaginal discharge, the normal vaginal discharge is clear or milky white in color and does not have an unpleasant smell or odor. STDs that cause abnormal vaginal discharge include trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.

Penile discharge in men, unlike vaginal discharge in women, is not typical nor is it normal. The presence of any discharge from the penis confirms that a man is suffering from an STD. the discharge can be clear and watery, contain pus and/or blood. The following STDs occasion penile discharge as a symptom: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, etc.

Fever

When the body temperature elevates above the normal or usual level [normal oral measurement of 98.6oF (37oC) or the rectal temperature of 99oF (37.2oC)] then the person is said to suffer from fever. Fever is said to serve as one of the body’s natural defenses against bacteria and viruses that cannot live at a higher temperature, however, fever is considered dangerous once the body temperature rises above 100.4oF (38oC). Thus, any fever that raises the body temperature above 100.4oF (38oC) is regarded as a low-grade fever and unless accompanied by other troubling symptoms, should normally go untreated.

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Fever on its own is not contagious, however, if the fever is caused by a viral infection such as HIV/AIDS, herpes, hepatitis, etc., or bacterial infection such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, etc., then the infections are contagious which will, in turn, make the fever a symptom in the newly infected person.

Pain during sex

This symptom occurs in women. When a woman is well stimulated and aroused for vaginal penetration, the penetration typically does not hurt. Thus, if a woman that is willing and desirous of vaginal penetration is well stimulated and aroused and upon penile insertion feels discomfort or pain, then something is definitely wrong. That abnormality that is wrong could be that the woman is suffering from an STD. STDs like herpes, trichomoniasis, etc., occasion pain during sex as one of their symptoms.

Sore, bumps, or lesions in the genital area

Sores, bumps, or lesions appear on or around the genital area of a person suffering from an STD. When this symptom appears on or around the vagina of a woman, it may be itchy, painful, tender, or may produce pus. Female genital sores, bumps, and lesions may appear as small, red, or flesh-colored bumps and blisters. If the STD that occasioned the symptom remains untreated, the sore, bumps, and lesions may change appearance and become larger.

Sore, bumps, and lesions on the penis or around the male genital area can be a sign of STD. These sores, bumps, and lesions may be painful or painless, tiny clusters of small blisters, and may or may not contain pus. Sore, bumps, and lesions could be symptoms of syphilis, scabies, herpes, etc.

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Vaginal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding is totally normal and usual during menstruation. However, it is absolutely abnormal if it occurs outside of the expected time of menstruation. There are a number of reasons why abnormal vaginal bleeding occur and one of such reasons is that it may occur as a result of being infected by an STD. A normal and usual menstrual period generally lasts from 2-7 days and has a typical volume of blood and fluid loss of about 2-8 tablespoons, thus, once vaginal bleeding occurs during the menstrual period but fail to stop after 7 days or occur outside of menstrual period then, one or the other STD can be the cause.

Rash around the genital

The rashes that occur as a symptom of STD appear around the genital area. They are usually reddish in color, may be painful or itchy and may sometimes swell to be as large as sores, bumps, and lesions.

The risk of getting infected by an STD is high when adequate precautionary measures are not taken to prevent getting infected with one or more STDs.

A lot of STDs are usually symptomless in their early stages but they nonetheless display some symptoms in their latter stages. So, be careful!