STD symptom guide

If you suspect you have symptoms that could indicate an STI or sexual infection then book a samedaydoctor appointment today or walk-in where advertised, but remember, most people who have STIs don’t notice any symptoms, so it is important to come for a check-up if you have had a change in sexual partner or have a new partner, even if it feels like nothing is wrong.

Genital lumps, bumps, sores and ulcers.

If you have any lumps, bumps, sores or ulcers (also called genital lesions) on the penis, vagina, vulva or anus it is important to get examined by a doctor or nurse. It can be difficult to work out what symptoms are due to an STD and which dare due to other infections or skin conditions.  Many people worry unnecessarily when they notice something and some conditions are quick and easy to treat
We can check for the common STDs such as warts and herpes, less common STIs such as syphilis and non-STD causes including molluscum contagiosum or other skin lesions.

Genital rash (on penis, vagina, vulva or anus)   

Unless the rash is in the form of lumps, bumps or ulcers (holes in the skin) then a genital rash is unlikely to be due to an STD as only three STD’s affect the genital skin specifically. These are warts, herpes and syphilis, if you have a genital rash you should see a doctor or nurse specialist.

Genital ulcers (penis, vagina, vulva or anus) 

If you have ulcers on the genital skin you should vist your nearest samedaydoctor clinic.  Two STDs cause genital ulcers, these are herpes and syphilis.

Hepatitis B or C symptoms 

Hepatitis B or C may give symptoms of jaundice (yellow skin) and feeling unwell but sometimes there are no symptoms. Book a test today in clinic for the expertise of a doctor or nurse practitioner, optional examination and fast same or next day results.

HIV symptoms

Some people who contract HIV initially experience a flu-like illness around 2 -6 weeks after exposure. These symptoms are often severe and very unlike those of the common cold i.e runny nose and sneezing. HIV seroconversion illness normally consists of a high temperature / fever, a rash all over the body, swollen glands and aching all over.  If you are worried then visit a samedaydoctor clinic today for testing, walk-in where advertised or arrange a phone or email consultation to talk about your concerns.

Itching or sore vulva / vagina

Itching or soreness of the vagina or vulva is very common. There are a number of causes but symptoms are most likely to be due to a non-sexual infection such as candida also known as thrush or vulval skin problems.

Pain when passing urine

Painful urination can mean different things in men and women. In women it is most likely to be due to a simple urine infection, bladder infection, cystitis and unlikely to be an STD.  In men painful urination is much more likely to be an STD such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea or the condition ‘non-specific urethritis’. You need a urine test to find out which infection is causing the problem and determine the correct treatment. Come to a samedaydoctor clinic today for same or next day test results and immediate treatment.

Pelvic pain in women

Pelvic pain in women may be due to an STD such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea. It could be due to pregnancy or a gynaecological problem. It is important to get examined quickly to avoid complications. Samedaydoctor can arrange an ultrasound scan where indicated.

Penile discharge / Discharge from penis  

A urethral discharge from the end of the penis is likely to be due to a sexually transmitted disease such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea or NSU. You should get examined by a doctor or nurse specialist, get tested and get treated quickly to avoid complications.

Period problems  

A change to your periods may be due to an STD such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea or Trichomonas. It could be due to pregnancy, related to your contraceptive method or a gynaecological problem. You should see a doctor for a pregnancy test and examination to look for the cause of the problem.

Rectal or anal symptoms.

A discharge from the back passage or lumps or soreness near the anus can be caused by sexual infections, such as Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, warts or LGV (lymphogranumloma venereum). Examination and swab tests can determine the cause.

Syphilis symptoms  

Most people do not notice symptoms but symptoms of syphilis can start with a primary ‘chancre’ or ulcerated lesions with raised edges, on the genitals or mouth. Several weeks later people may have a flu like illness with a fever, rash all over the body and swollen glands or lymph nodes. You should see a doctor quickly for an examination, testing and the treatment you need.

Testes /Testicular pain or swelling  

Testicular pain or swelling is likely to be due to epididymitis / orchitis / epididymo-orchitis which is often caused by an STD and so you should get yourself tested for STDs. It is important to exclude other causes such as torsion or twisting of the testis and so you should be examined by a doctor urgently if you have these symptoms. We can also arrange a testicular ultrasound scan if necessary.

Vaginal discharge / Discharge from vagina 

Vaginal discharge may be due to a non-sexual infection such as candida or BV or an STD such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea or Trichomonas. It could be due to a tampon left inside or a gynaecological problem. You should see a doctor of examination, testing and treatment.

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