Symptoms of an STD

Symptoms of an STD

Some general symptoms of STDs include any unusual discharge from the penis or vagina; burning discomfort when urinating or dark urine; warts, sores or growths in genital or rectal area; unexplained skin rashes or sores; yellow eyes or skin; fever; nausea and lower abdominal pain; joint pain; and/or enlarged lymph nodes. This list is not complete but alerts you to some of the symptoms.

If you know or suspect you have had contact with someone with an STD, please obtain proper testing and follow-up treatment. Keep in mind that there are serious and long-term effects of STDs, such as chronic pelvic pain, cervical cancer, tubal pregnancy, infertility, damage to body organs, and death.

STDs can also affect you and your baby during pregnancy, so you should seek medical advice and be honest with your health care provider.

Remember, many sexual partners are not honest about their sexual history, and the more sexual partners you have the greater the risk of becoming infected with an STD. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs are “to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.”

At WNLC, our mission includes empowering women (and their partners) with knowledge of the risks and consequences of the improper use of sexuality so that they are better able to make informed decisions. No matter what choice is made, we are here to help in any way we can with screening, diagnosis, and treatment of STDs, as well as education regarding prevention of STDs.