Below are some signs and symptoms that you have an STI. Remember, some STIs have no signs or symptoms. If you think you’re at risk for an STI, speak with your doctor immediately.
- A sore, rash, warts, unusual discharge, swelling or pain in the anal or genital area
- Painful urination
- Vaginal bleeding when it’s not time for your period
- Pelvic pain
- A sore in the mouth
- Persistent, unexplained flulike symptoms or swollen lymph glands
- Some STDs have no signs or symptoms
If you notice that you are displaying any of the above symptoms, see your doctor for a checkup. If you are sexually active or have been sexually active, and have never displayed any of the symptoms listed, it is important to still inform your doctor of your sexual history. There are many STIs which have no symptoms for years, but can result in significant health problems or even death. If your STI goes untreated, it can cause infertility, impotence, blood poisoning, cancer, and death.
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