When we start experiencing some sort of bodily discomfort, we generally chalk it up to the cold and flu. There are numerous flu-like symptoms that are more related to the sexually transmitted diseases that basically cover themselves up as some of the commonly occurring body ailments. Are you sexually active, and as a result, you are experiencing some uncommon symptoms and bodily discomfort which looks like flu? You should get yourself checked immediately as the symptoms you are experiencing could be a STD and not the flu. The symptoms you may experience could be like a usual cold, allergy, or flu, but in reality, they could be STD signs. There are 11 common symptoms that might require you to get tested immediately to ensure you are not suffering from a STD.
Sexually transmitted diseases, which are commonly called as STDs, spread quickly and easily, becoming a very serious health issue. STDs can be transmitted from one person to another via sexual contact that can vary from intercourse to even skin-to-skin contact. Different STDs show different symptoms, so the only way to know if you are healthy or not is to get yourself regularly screened for STDs.
Common Yet Deceptive STD Symptoms
There are several flu-like symptoms that are generally associated with Sexually transmitted diseases, but they are generally overlooked. If left untreated, these symptoms may make a STD progress, eventually wreaking havoc on the body. Most of these symptoms are more like viral infections or are caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia, which are quite popular for being asymptomatic in the early stages. If you experience any such signs along with other bodily discomforts, it is imperative to not wait until it gets too late for you – any sign may not be as naïve as it appears to be.
11 Possible Symptoms of STDs
Below are some of the most common STD signs that can be an indication of a STD but are generally regarded as innocent symptoms. If you find any of these signs being persistent, it is imperative to get yourself immediately screened for STDs.
1) Flu Symptoms – Fever, Fatigue, Headaches, Nausea, and Vomiting
- Fever – You may experience fever if you have herpes, Hepatitis A, HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia. If you have a fever, it is an indication that your body is trying to fight off an infection, but many people simply fail to understand that this particular infection could be because of a STD.
- Fatigue - If you have been diagnosed with gonorrhea or chlamydial infection, you perhaps experience fatigue signs. It can also be caused by Hepatitis is, A, B, and C. When you are experiencing signs of fatigue, you may chalk it up to hectic work routine or late nights out, whereas it could be an indication of something a lot more serious.
- Headaches – You may experience headaches when you have herpes, syphilis, or HIV. Considering that you perhaps have not been able to have a good night sleep or just that you have seasonal flu and your body will fight it off is a poor approach to ensure that virus spreads in your body, allowing it to lair deeper into your system. You just prefer taking a pain-killer and move on with your routine activities. However, if you are experiencing a headache, you may be at high risk for an STD.
- Nausea And Vomiting – You may be suffering from HIV, Hepatitis A, C, and syphilis if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting. You may be thinking that you have eaten something bad which has severely affected your stomach, but it actually is otherwise.
2) Sore Throat, Swollen Testicles and Swollen Lymph’s
- Sore Throat – It perhaps is an indication of herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia. All these ailments may lead to throat infections or pharyngeal following oral sex. Sore throat is generally considered as mild discomfort, but it is not something which should not be taken lightly. If you are having a persistent sore throat or find it hard to swallow, make sure you are not suffering from STDs!
- Swollen Testicles – It is also known as ‘Orchitis’ – a condition which is generally caused by different STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. This condition occurs when the bacteria spread in the body through the blood. It can be classified by pain in one or even both testicles, making them turn red or purple in color, they may also feel heavy and there may be blood in the semen.
- Swollen Lymph’s – Swollen lymph’s can be caused by HIV, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia.
3) Abdomenal, Joint, or Lower Back Pain
- Abdomenal Pain – If you have been experiencing pain in the abdomen, it perhaps is a sign of gonorrheal or chlamydial infection that has already progressed in the body. Late-stage of gonorrhea and Chlamydia can greatly affect the pelvis and cause the Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. If left untreated, PID could further lead to long-term issues such as infertility, pelvic pain, tubo-ovarian abscess, and/or ectopic (out of the womb) pregnancy.
- Joint Pains – Joint pains could be a reason that you are suffering from HIV, syphilis, or Hepatitis B, chlamydia or gonorrhea. If it is because of chlamydia or gonorrhea, the condition is called Venereal Arthritis or Gonococcal Arthritis. This condition occurs when chlamydia or gonorrhea goes undetected and the infection starts affecting one or multiple joints in the body. If a STD goes untreated, this condition could lead to chronic joint inflammation, chronic joint pain, deformity, or even permanent joint damage.
- Pain In The Lower Back – It could be a sign that you are suffering from herpes prodrome, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. Herpes prodrome causes severe pain which usually indicates that a herpes breakout is about to occur. The pain can be located in the feet, butt, knees, thighs, or lower back. This symptom also indicates that you are highly contagious and will possible transmit the virus, even when you are not showing any herpes lesions, you are still at the risk of spreading the virus.
4) Skin Rash
A skin rash is not considered to be a reason for a STD, but both syphilis and HIV can cause skin rashes that appear on different parts of the body. If you notice a new body rash after you have been engaged into unprotected sex, be sure to get yourself screened for STDs.
5) Itching and Burning
If you feel a burning sensation down there, you need to look into what has gone wrong. Itching can be caused by gonorrhea, pubic lice, trichomoniasis, herpes, genital warts (HPV) and chlamydia. Putting talcum powder can help relieve, but it does not cure the disease.
6) Eye Infections
STDs could lead to eye infections. Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia generally cause eye infections. If left untreated a STD could lead to conjunctivitis, which could further lead to partial or even permanent blindness.
7) Diarrhea or Severe Bowel Movements
Diarrhea can be quite severe, and it certainly is an indication that something is not right in your body. Suffering from HIV can lead to chronic diarrhea, and gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes can lead to diarrhea and painful bowel movements.
8) Bleeding Or Discharge Between Periods
If you are experiencing discharge from your anus, vagina, or penis, this could be a sign that you have a STD. Discharge is one of the most common signs of vaginal thrush, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
Bleeding between periods can be another symptom that you are suffering from late-stage gonorrhea or chlamydia infection. If left untreated, both these STDs can severely infect the uterus causing PID and inflammation.
9) Sores, Lesions, Bumps or Warts
If you find any bumps, lesions, sores or warts on your genitalia, get yourself tested for STDs immediately. These are some of the early symptoms of a myriad of STDs, including HIV, herpes, syphilis etc. Even if it does not cause any pain or has been around for a short period of time, do not brush them off; sores can be another indication of a STD.
10) Painful or Frequent Urination
Painful or frequent urination are symptoms that there is something not right. UTIs, herpes, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can all cause painful or frequent urination. Do not wait for these signs to disappear on their own, as oftentimes, they won’t!
11) Painful Sex
Painful sex can be another vital indicator that something is not right. Most of the common STDs that cause painful sex are herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. If you are experiencing painful sex, it is vital for you to get tested.
So – Is It Really Flu or a STD?
Always remember the fact that STD signs are not always visible. What you consider as flu symptoms could be the signs of an underlying STD. Keep not only yourself but also your partner protected and get yourself screened for STDs.