When symptoms occur, they vary depending on the disease. You may also feel pain and tenderness in your genital area until the infection goes away. During an initial episode, you may have flu-like signs and symptoms, such as headache, muscle aches and fever, as well as swollen lymph nodes in your groin. You may have bothersome symptoms, such as itching, burning, or genital discharge.
Often, there are no symptoms. Or, a person may find a discharge from the penis or vagina and feel pain when urinating. Blisters can form, break, cause pain, and take weeks to heal. There is no known cure for HSV, but symptoms can be treated with antiviral medications.
This STI is a serious virus that attacks the liver. Effective vaccines since the 1990s have helped prevent this infection. Every year there are fewer cases. Blood, semen, and body fluids that are shared during sexual intercourse can spread the virus.
Many people are born with an infected mother's disease. It's important to get care for people with long-term HBV, but people often don't have clear symptoms. When symptoms are present, they may include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Because HBV attacks liver cells, it can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure, and possibly death.
Dark urine, abdominal pain, and yellowing of the skin or eyes are signs of liver damage. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common viral STI in the United States. It is spread through vaginal or anal sex.
It can be transmitted even when an infected person has no symptoms. This STI is the result of a parasite. It is spread through sexual contact from the penis or vagina. It mainly affects young, sexually active women.
Uncircumcised men have been found to transmit the infection more. Only about 30% of people with this STI have symptoms. If you or someone you know has symptoms such as unusual discharge, burning when you urinate, or a sore in the genital area, see a healthcare provider. You can get treatment and help.
You can get treatment to prevent problems for your baby. If you are pregnant and have symptoms of STDs, contact your doctor immediately. STDs during pregnancy need to be addressed quickly. If you've ever been treated for STDs, the CDC recommends that you get tested for HIV if you have any symptoms of STDs, even if you don't have a high risk of contracting HIV.