Which std causes flu-like symptoms?

HIV-like symptoms, such as high fever, sore throat, headaches and muscle or joint pain, and a red rash on the body Although HIV and hepatitis are the STDs most commonly associated with cold and flu-like symptoms, I spoke with Dr. Cindy Duke, obstetrician and gynecologist and medical director of the Nevada Fertility Institute, who says there is one more STI that could look like gonorrhea, but only if left untreated.

Which std causes flu-like symptoms?

HIV-like symptoms, such as high fever, sore throat, headaches and muscle or joint pain, and a red rash on the body Although HIV and hepatitis are the STDs most commonly associated with cold and flu-like symptoms, I spoke with Dr. Cindy Duke, obstetrician and gynecologist and medical director of the Nevada Fertility Institute, who says there is one more STI that could look like gonorrhea, but only if left untreated. Some symptoms of STDs are terribly similar to cold symptoms, so you don't necessarily have to eliminate all fever and pain. In addition, because many common symptoms of STDs are extremely similar to those of a cold or the flu, it's easy to misdiagnose yourself.

However, knowing the basic symptoms of STDs can help you take the right steps to protect your sexual health. Tami Prince, gynecologist and obstetrician and owner of the Women's Health and Wellness Center of Georgia, LLC, explains to Elite Daily: The common cold, also known as upper respiratory tract infection (URI), is caused by rhinovirus, so any STDs that are also caused by a virus can mimic cold symptoms. According to the American Sexual Health Association, one in two sexually active adults gets an STD before age 25, and yet fewer than 15 percent of young adults get tested for STDs regularly. If you have flu-like symptoms and are sexually active, an STD test is a smart and proactive way to monitor your health.

He adds that the sexually transmitted disease most likely to resemble a cold is actually HIV, but that others, such as hepatitis, may have similar symptoms. It's not uncommon to get an STD without realizing it, especially since many STDs have no detectable symptoms.

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