The incubation period
Sometimes, if an STD infects a person, it might not bring about signs and symptoms right away. In some cases, it might take some days, others, some weeks. This period of no signs and symptoms is known as the incubation period.
Different STDs have varying incubation periods. During this time, the person should not engage in any kind of sexual contact with another person so as not to put that other individual at risk.
Incubation periods of common STDs
Here are the incubation periods of some common STDs:
- Syphilis - the first symptom of syphilis is a chancre, which may take up to 90 days before manifesting.
- Chlamydia - the initial symptoms of this STD may take between one to three weeks to appear.
- Genital Warts - the first signs of the outbreak may pop up after three months since initial exposure to the disease.
- Scabies - for first-time patients, the earliest signs may appear after one to two months since first exposure.
- Gonorrhea - the incubation period depends on many variables. Sometimes, the earliest symptoms may appear after a couple of days since first exposure, and in other cases, it may take as long as 30 days.
Test for STDs to detect these infections right away.