Genital herpes and gonorrhea are just two of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases nowadays. What are the typical symptoms of these STDs and what causes them and how are they transmitted?

Genital Herpes 

This is a widespread sexually transmitted disease caused by different strains of the herpes virus. A person infected with it can pass it on to another person through close and intimate contact with the mucus-covered linings, usually of the vagina. 
Here are the common herpes signs or symptoms:

  • Pain or irritation around the penis, vagina, buttocks and inner thighs
  • Small, red open blisters on the penis, vagina, and  mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headaches


This STD is among the earliest and oldest types. It can be transmitted from one person to another via oral, vaginal or anal sex. It is a bacterial infection caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. It thrives in the moist and dark parts of the body, such as vagina, cervix, rectum, and throat. 

The common gonorrhea warning signs are:

  • Viscous, cloudy or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Burning or itching in the penis or vagina
  • Pain and soreness of the genitals
  • Pain during sex
  • Frequent urination