Venereal diseases: Symptomsvenereal diseases like Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea can – depending on the pathogen, stage of the disease, state of health and other factors – remain asymptomatic, run with few symptoms or be accompanied by various, sometimes non-specific signs of illness.
It is advisable to pay attention to the body and, if in doubt, rather have a medical examination in case of conspicuous changes: Doctors can determine whether these are possibly symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection and treat them if necessary.
Many STDs can cause asymptomatic or with few symptoms.
Occur Symptoms then Typically in the genital and anal region, but they can also in other places occur.
Typical symptoms of venereal disease
Discharge from the urethra or rectum (intestine) – burning or Pain when urinating, itching
Ulcers, blisters, nodules or warts on the genitals, on or in the mouth, in the anal region or on other parts of the body Redness or whitish to yellowish plaques in the mouth, on the genitals or in the anal region pain and swelling on the genitals swollen lymph nodes in the groin or around ulcers
unusual skin changes, for example oozing spots, rashes, redness.
STDs can also be associated with nonspecific symptoms such as persistent fatigue or tiredness, fever of unclear cause or a general feeling of illness.
In the case of sexually transmitted infections that mainly affect the gastrointestinal tract, Blood or mucus in the stool, discoloration or discoloration of urine or stool, recurrent diarrhea, possibly alternating with constipation, or a prolonged feeling of prere in the abdomen, abdominal pain and loss of appetite may also occur.
STDs are treatable if they are recognized
If STDs are detected, they are easily treatable and curable and leave no or hardly any consequential damages. The exception is HIV infection: although it can be treated well with medication, it is still not curable.
If left untreated, STDs can have serious consequences, such as inflammation of the lower abdomen, testicles or epididymis, infertility or certain types of cancer.
If symptoms of a venereal disease occur, a test is recommended. You can be examined, for example, by a doctor, in the test centers of AIDS organizations or in public health offices.
Since many STDs run without symptoms, symptoms are often not noticed or not interpreted correctly, regular tests for STDs can also be useful – for example, if you change partners frequently. Advice is available, for example, at checkpoints, public health offices, prevention projects, AIDS help centers (also by telephone and online) and specialized doctors.