Sexually transmitted infection (STI), many STIs do not always show symptoms. Often, people who pass an STI to a sexual partner do not know that they have an infection. The only way to know whether or not you have an STI is to get tested. Symptoms of an STI may include:
- Discharge from penis
- Changes in vaginal discharge
- Bumps, sores or a rash on the genital area (penis, vagina or anus)
- Blood in the urine
- Burning or unusual feeling when urinating
- Pain in the pelvis or testicles
- Pain during sexual activity and intercourse
If you or your sexual partners have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a health care provider. Getting tested for STIs is confidential, easy, and usually free. Having an STI also increases the possibility of getting HIV.
When you have an STI but there are no symptoms, this is called being ‘asymptomatic’. Even with no symptoms, a person can still pass on an STI. Ask the family doctor for testing or goto a medical clinic. Use a new condom every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex. Learn more about how to use condoms and other forms of protection to lower the chances of STIs.
To learn more about STIs and other conditions that can affect sexual health.
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes Simplex Virus
- HIV and AIDS
- HPV and genital warts
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
- Molluscum Contagiosum
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Pubic Lice