The time elapsed from infection until symptoms manifest, if any, varies widely and depends on the specific pathogen and the individual. All too often, symptoms don't appear or go unnoticed. Despite this, you should never ignore an STI. If left untreated, many STDs can progress and cause permanent and irreversible damage.
Keep in mind that an infected person is still able to transmit the infection to others, regardless of any symptoms. Depending on the specific pathogen (disease-causing organism), symptoms of STDs may appear within four to five days or four to five weeks. Some infections can cause noticeable symptoms even months after the initial infection. If you have any of the above symptoms and are concerned that you may have an STD, PhysicianOne Urgent Care is available 7 days a week for high-quality urgent care, at a fraction of the cost of the emergency room, including testing for STDs.