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Early Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Listed alphabetically:



AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Headache, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, persistent fever, persistent diarrhea, oral thrush (a heavy, whitish coating on the tongue and on the inside of the mouth).
Candidiasis Itching in the genital area, pain when urinating, a thick odorless vaginal discharge.
Chlamydia Often no symptoms at all for men or women.

For women: pain during intercourse.
For men: a clear, watery, urethral discharge

Genital Herpes

Itching, tingling sensation, burning in the genital area, fluid filled blisters on the genitals in men and women, usually painful or inflamed.

One in four Americans has the genital herpes virus. THE #1 STD because it is often "silent". You can spread the virus EVEN if you do not have symptoms. Please tell you sexual partner you have genital herpes. One in four people in the USA has genital herpes so it could actually be you if you are in a room with 5 other people, etc.

Genital Warts

Soft, cauliflower-like growths appearing in clusters or alone around the vagina, penis, anus, groin, and/or scrotum.

Gonorrhea For women: a cloudy vaginal discharge, painful urination, vaginal itching. Often no early symptoms for women

For men: a yellowish, pus-filled discharge from the penis, burning with urination.

Hepatitis B Fever, fatigue, nausea or no symptoms at all in either partner for 2 - 6 months.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Fever, lower abdominal pain, often a pus-filled discharge vaginal discharge.
Pubic Lice (Crabs) Intense itching in both sexes. Crabs are tiny but visible in pubic hair and on thighs.
Scabies Intense itching in both sexes. Crabs are tiny but visible in pubic hair and on thighs.
Syphilis A sore on the genitals of both sexes. (Chancre), rash, fever, sore throat, sores in the mouth or anus.
Trichomoniasis For women: vaginal itching and pain, a foamy, greenish or yellow foul-smelling discharge.

For men: a clear discharge from the penis.

See our STD page for Sexually Transmitted Disease Information.

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