What’s This Rash? Pictures of STDs and STIs
If you’re worried that you or your partner may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI), read on for the information you need to recognize the symptoms.
Some STIs have no symptoms or only mild ones. If you’re concerned but don’t see symptoms identified here, check with your doctor to discuss your STI risks and appropriate testing.
Is this discharge normal?
Discharge from the vagina
Small amounts of discharge, especially from the vagina, is often normal.
But some sexually transmitted conditions can cause discharge from the genitals. Depending on the condition, the color, texture, and volume of the discharge may vary.
Though many people with chlamydia , this condition sometimes produces a mucus- or pus-like vaginal discharge.
With trichomoniasis, or “trich,” the vaginal discharge looks frothy or foamy and has a strong, unpleasant odor.
A yellowish or yellow-green vaginal discharge can be a symptom of gonorrhea, although most people who contract it will have no symptoms at all.
Discharge from the penis
Some conditions can cause discharge or even bleeding from the penis.
Gonorrhea produces a white, yellow, or greenish discharge from the penis.
Chlamydia symptoms may include a pus-like discharge from the penis, or the fluid may be watery or milky-looking.
Trichomoniasis doesn’t usually show symptoms, but it can cause discharge from the penis in some cases.
Blisters, bumps, or warts
HPV and genital warts
With the human papillomavirus (HPV), the body often naturally clears the virus. However, the body can’t remove all strains of HPV.
Some strains of HPV cause genital warts. The warts can vary in size and appearance. They can look:
All genital warts need medical attention. Your doctor will determine whether the warts are caused by the strains of HPV that may cause anogenital cancer.
Severe HPV may cause several warts in the genital or anal areas.
Blisters on or around the genitals, rectum, or mouth may signal an outbreak of herpes simplex virus. These blisters break and produce painful sores, which can take several weeks to heal.
Herpes blisters are painful. There may be pain while urinating if the herpes blisters are close to the urethra.
It’s important to remember that herpes can still spread from one person to another, even if there are no visible blisters.
Granuloma inguinale usually starts with a nodule that erodes into an ulcer. The ulcer is usually painful.
A single, round, firm, painless sore is the first symptom of syphilis, a bacterial STI. The sore can appear wherever the bacteria entered the body, including the:
- external genitals
One sore appears at first, but multiple sores may appear later. The sores are generally painless and often go unnoticed.
Secondary stage syphilis rash and sores
Without treatment, syphilis progresses to a secondary stage. Rashes or sores in mucous membranes of the mouth, vagina, or anus occur during this stage.
The rash may look red or brown, and have a flat or velvety appearance. It usually doesn’t itch.
The rash can also appear on the palms or soles of the feet, or as a general rash on the body. Large gray or white lesions may appear in moist areas in the groin, under the arms, or in the mouth.
Rectal STI symptoms
Chlamydia can spread to the rectum. In these cases, symptoms may include:
- prolonged rectal pain
- painful bowel movements
- rectal bleeding
Gonorrhea rectal symptoms include:
- pain and itching in the anus
- painful bowel movements
Pain, pressure, or burning during or after urination, or more frequent urination, may be a symptom of chlamydia, trichomoniasis, or gonorrhea in people with a vagina.
Because gonorrhea in people with a vagina often produces no symptoms or only mild symptoms that can be confused with a bladder infection, it’s important not to ignore painful urination.
In people with a penis, either trichomoniasis or gonorrhea may cause painful urination. Pain after ejaculation may also occur in those who contract trichomoniasis.
Many STIs can be treated and cured, especially if diagnosed early.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, see a healthcare provider to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Pictures and symptoms of common STDs
Understanding symptoms and seeing pictures of STDs can help people identify the signs and encourage them to see a doctor.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are on the rise. In 2017, researchers saw an increase in STDs for the , and the highest ever rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Most STDs are treatable, and many are curable. Early treatment significantly increases the likelihood of a good outcome. Prevention strategies and routine STD testing can help people avoid spreading these infections to their partners.
Herpes is a virus that can affect many areas of the body, including the mouth and eyes. The sexually transmitted form of herpes most commonly affects the genitals.
Symptoms of herpes include:
- pain or unusual sensations on the genitals a few days before an outbreak
- an outbreak of red or swollen blisters
- blisters that are very painful and which eventually crust over
- feeling ill or having low energy during an outbreak
No treatment can cure herpes. However, antiviral drugs can make outbreaks less painful and potentially reduce the risk of spreading the infection to a partner.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is a virus that causes genital warts. It also increases the risk of some cancers, including cervical and throat cancer. A vaccine can prevent the virus, and some children receive the vaccine around the age of 12.
Many people with HPV have no symptoms. In fact, the types of HPV most likely to cause cancer rarely cause symptoms. Those who do have symptoms may develop small warts on and around their genitals.
Pubic lice, also called crabs, are tiny insects that live in coarse hair, such as pubic hair. Pubic lice feed on a person’s blood.
They spread through close contact between people, or contact with clothing or other objects that have lice or eggs on them.
Symptoms of pubic lice include:
- itching in the pubic area, especially at night when the lice are most active
- red or swollen skin
- black spots in underwear
- gray or white spots in the pubic hair
People can treat pubic lice with medications that they can buy over the counter.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that affects both males and females. If left untreated in females, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause pelvic and stomach pain, and may even affect fertility.
Chlamydia can infect the vagina, penis, or rectum. Some people have no symptoms. Others experience:
- painful urination
- burning during or after sex
- unusual discharge from the vagina, penis, or rectum
- unusual bleeding
- less commonly, swelling of the testicles
Antibiotics can cure chlamydia.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhea can infect both males and females and can cause PID in females. Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that spreads through sexual contact.
People with gonorrhea often have no symptoms at all. When symptoms do appear, they may include:
- unusual discharge from the vagina or penis
- pain when urinating
- pain in the stomach
- bleeding between periods
Gonorrhea can also affect other areas of the body, causing symptoms such as:
- pain and itching in the eyes
- a sore throat or swollen glands in the neck
- swelling, warmth, or redness in the joints
Treatment for gonorrhea usually involves antibiotics.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial infection that affects the vagina. Doctors do not know what causes it, but it is more common among sexually active women. This suggests that it may be sexually transmitted.
Many women with BV have no symptoms. Some experience itching or burning, which may resemble a yeast infection. Other BV symptoms include:
- a fishy odor, especially after having sex
- a thin, pale, grayish discharge from the vagina
- burning when peeing
BV may go away without treatment. It may also come back. Some women need antibiotics to treat BV.
Hepatitis is a virus that affects the liver. There are three types of hepatitis. Hepatitis A and B are sexually transmitted and highly contagious. Often, they do not cause symptoms, and a vaccination can protect against them.
Though it is uncommon, hepatitis C can also spread through sexual contact. Hepatitis C is a chronic illness that antivirals can sometimes cure.
The course of hepatitis and how treatable it is depends on the type of hepatitis a person has. The symptoms may go away on their own.
Symptoms of hepatitis include:
- very low energy
- unexplained stomach pain or pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
- joint pain
- very dark urine
- pale bowel movements
- yellow skin or eyes
Trichomoniasis, sometimes called trich, is a parasite that spreads through sexual and close contact. Most people with trichomoniasis do not know they have it. If it is left untreated, the infection can last for years and may spread to sexual partners.
Symptoms of trichomoniasis include:
- pain during or after sex
- unusual discharge from the penis
- yellowish or greenish discharge from the vagina
- fishy smell from the genitals
- burning or red genitals
- a sore, burning sensation inside the vagina or penis
An oral medication can cure trichomoniasis. People with a previous infection may get the infection again. People who have trichomoniasis are also at higher risk of contracting another STD.
HIV damages immune system cells, which makes it progressively more difficult for the body to fight infections.
Left untreated, HIV increases the risk of serious complications or even death from otherwise minor infections. People can contract HIV through contact with blood or genital fluids, such as semen and vaginal fluid.
Shortly after contracting HIV, 40 to 90 percent of people develop flu-like symptoms, including:
- painful sores in the mouth
- night sweats
- low energy
- muscle aches and pains
- swollen lymph nodes
Healthcare professionals can treat HIV using antiretroviral medication. This does not completely eradicate the virus but reduces the amount of HIV in the blood to undetectable levels, meaning it is no longer possible to transmit it sexually.
Without antiretroviral treatment, HIV moves into a latency stage that may cause no noticeable symptoms and eventually progresses to stage 3 HIV, also known as AIDS. As the disease progresses, people become more vulnerable to illness. They may have frequent infections.
Symptoms of stage 3 HIV include:
- brown, pink, or red blotches on the skin of the mouth, eyelids, or nose
- unexplained weight loss
- night sweats
- frequent yeast or other infections
- diarrhea that lasts a week or longer
- sores on the genitals or mouth
- extreme tiredness
- swollen lymph nodes
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that people can spread through sexual contact. Left untreated, it can cause serious complications and even death. But in the early stages, syphilis is treatable with antibiotics.
In the early stages of syphilis, people may notice sores at the site where syphilis entered the body, which is often the genitals. The sores are typically:
- small and round
- In the second stage of syphilis, symptoms include:
- skin rash
- swollen lymph nodes
After the second stage, syphilis enters a latency period and might not cause symptoms. If syphilis enters the third and most serious stage of syphilis, it can affect the heart and brain.
When to see a doctor
See a doctor for any symptoms of an STD, especially if the symptoms do not go away on their own or cause intense pain. If a sexual partner has received a diagnosis for an STD, see a doctor for testing.
The CDC the following STD testing guidelines for sexually active people:
All adults and teens ages 13 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once.
Sexually active women younger than 25 years old, women who have multiple partners or who have a new sexual partner, should seek chlamydia and gonorrhea testing annually.
All pregnant women should pursue testing for HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis. Pregnant women at high risk for chlamydia and gonorrhea should get tested for these STDs, too.
Sexually active men who have sex with men should seek testing for syphilis and gonorrhea at least once a year. Men who have sex with anonymous partners or who have unprotected sex may need more frequent testing.
People who have sex without condoms or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), or who share drug equipment, should seek HIV testing at least annually.
Men who have sex with men should consult their doctors about HIV testing schedules. They may need testing every 3–6 months.
The outlook for STDs improves with treatment. Treatment can slow the progression and improve a person’s long-term health.
The right treatment depends on the diagnosis. It is essential for people diagnosed with an STD to use condoms during sexual activity and to tell any sexual partners about their status.
Preventive measures are very useful for reducing the frequency and impact of STDs. Taking PrEP can prevent a person from contracting HIV.
People who suspect they may have an STD may not want to see a doctor. However, knowing STD status is always the best option. The right diagnosis can ease an anxious mind, offer help finding the proper treatment, and prevent long-term complications.
Images of Chlamydial Infections
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which affects the genital tract if acquired through vaginal sex, or the mouth or anus if acquired from oral or anal sex. Chlamydia is spread through unprotected sex with an infected person; it can also be spread from an infected mother to her baby at birth.
Most of the time, chlamydia is a "silent" infection and has few symptoms. However, it is the leading cause of infertility as permanent damage may be done to the woman's reproductive tract. In men, chronic infection can lead to sterility.
Who's at risk?
Chlamydia affects more than 3 million Americans each year; infection is most common in teens and young adults (aged 15–24) with new or multiple sexual partners, particularly if protection with condoms is inconsistent. Re-infection of chlamydia happens easily if a sex partner is not treated.
Signs and Symptoms
If symptoms occur, they are usually 1–3 weeks after becoming infected. 75% of women and up to 50% of men have no symptoms (asymptomatic).
Women with infection of the genital tract (cervix, the mouth of the womb; or urethra, the urinary opening), may have a yellow-white vaginal discharge, spotting between periods, fluid discharge from the urethra, or burning with urination. Other symptoms might include belly or low back pain, nausea, fever, or pain with sexual intercourse.
Men with infection may have pus or fluid from the opening of their penis (urethra) or itching or burning with urination.
Infection of the anus (rectum) presents with rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding.
Seek medical care if you suspect chlamydia. Avoid any sexual activity until a week after treatment is finished. If you are infected, your sexual partner(s) should be checked and treated.
To prevent chlamydia infection:
- Abstinence, monogamy (single partner), or limiting the number of sexual partners all reduce your risk.
- Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces risk.
- All pregnant women, all sexually active women under age 25, and older women with new or multiple partners should have an annual screening test for chlamydia.
When to Seek Medical Care
Seek medical care if there is any chance you are infected with chlamydia, whether or not you have symptoms. As previously noted, sexually active women should have an annual check for infection.
Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe
A test will be done on the urine (in men) or from fluid from the penis or cervix.
If the test is positive, treatment will be prescribed with oral antibiotics (usually azithromycin or doxycycline). All sexual partners should also be tested and treated if positive. If a partner is infected and not treated, re-infection is common.
Persons with infection should not have sexual intercourse until 1 week after treatment is finished in both partners.
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Most Common STDs, Pictures and Descriptions
This article contains images of STD infected genitalia sourced from top medical sites. Not all STDs will present as displayed in each image. In order to have an STD diagnosed you must receive STD testing and consult with a doctor.
STD Pictures and Descriptions
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections that are spread from one person to another during vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse.
Without treatment, STDs can lead to serious health problems. Let’s take a look at the most common STDs and the symptoms that appear on both males and females.
Oral herpes is an infection also known as herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1).
The virus is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin, and can be spread through oral sex, kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils, during an outbreak.
Oral herpes symptoms start as an itch and tingle before a blister appears. The fluid-filled blister erupts and the small and shallow ulcer on a red base becomes crusted, scabbed, dry and yellow.
Read: What Are The Herpes Stages?
The symptoms will usually appear on the lips, gums, nose, cheeks, throat, roof of the mouth, chin, or neck.
HSV-1 is a lifelong infection and has infected an estimated 3.6 billion people under the age of 50 (67%) globally.
PlushCare’s board certified doctors can help with symptom management and even prescribe oral herpes treatment following an online appointment. The average appointment lasts just 15 minutes. Our doctors can send your prescription to your preferred pharmacy.
Common prescriptions our doctors write for oral herpes include:
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Genital Herpes: Women
Genital herpes, mostly caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is widespread throughout the world. More women are infected than men however, the infection is more easily spread from men to women than from women to men.
Genital herpes symptoms in women may begin to show 2 to 4 weeks after being exposed to the infection.
Some women may have no symptoms or signs of the infection, or may not have an outbreak for months or even years after they were first infected.
Initial symptom outbreaks to look out for may include:
- Fever and flu-like symptoms
- Pain or discomfort during urination
- Vaginal discharge
- Pain in the vagina, buttocks, or legs
- Swollen lymphnodes
After a couple days, you can develop painful sores in your genital region including your vagina, anus, inside the vagina, thighs, buttocks, cervix or urinary tract.
Genital herpes is lifelong and incurable however, symptoms can be managed so that outbreaks are controlled and shortened.
If you think you have herpes simplex virus 2, book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor. Our doctors can place an order for a herpes test and prescribe you antiviral medications that can help your sores heal sooner.
Genital Herpes in Men
Approximately two-thirds of men with genital herpes, known as herpes simplex virus 2, do not experience symptoms.
It is also common for mild genital herpes symptoms in men to be confused with other skin conditions.
HSV-2 is lifelong and incurable. Fortunately, symptoms can be managed during an outbreak using antiviral medication.
Our PlushCare physicians can order you a herpes test and prescribe you with antiviral medications for herpes outbreaks.
Initial genital herpes symptoms in men may include:
- Body aches
- Fever and flu-like symptoms
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Raw or cracked skin around the genital area
- Pain itching or tingling around the genital region
- Blisters or sores on the penis or scrotum
Herpes sores appear as small, red bumps or white blisters that can pop up on your penis, anus and/or around the thighs and buttocks.
When the blisters rupture, you may notice a painful ulcer forming in its place. It will ooze fluid and eventually heal and form a scab.
Resist the urge to pick the scab so the infected area can heal.
If left untreated or you are touching the infected area you can spread the virus andHSV-2 can lead to eye infections, eczema herpeticum, encephalitis or meningitis.
Time between outbreaks can be months to years and can be triggered by trauma, illness, and intercourse.
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Genital Herpes Stages for Male and Female
There are six different stages to the development of genital herpes:
Stage one: Prodrome – This stage is highly contagious. You may experience pain, tingling or itching in the infected area as the herpes virus becomes active inside the skin and heads towards the surface to begin the outbreak.
Stage two: Skin Redness – The infected genital region may turn red and sensitive, lasting from a few hours to a few days.
Stage three: Formation of lesions – Lesion or sores begin to rise on the skin. Sores may appear around the anus or genitals in clusters or individually. The sores fill up with fluid and become painful. This stage may last a few days.
Stage four: Development of Lesions – This stage will be the most contagious. The lesions or herpes sores will grow until they are ready to burst to release a build up of fluid. The wound will stay open and runny for a few days.
Stage five: Scabbing – Once the herpes sore has drained its fluid build up, it will dry out and begin to scab over a few days.
Stage six: Healing – Once the scab falls off, the sore will be healed.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Women
Genital Human Papillomavirus, or genital HPV, is a sexually transmitted disease spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex. It is extremely common and in many cases will go away on its own without displaying symptoms.
42% of US population aged 18-59 had genital herpes , most in their late teens and early 20’s, are infected with HPV. There are over 100 varieties of HPV, some strains cause warts while others may lead to an increased risk of certain cancers. The HPV vaccine can help prevent more serious and high risk strains of HPV.
HPV symptoms in women may appear as small bumps or warts, individually or in groups over the infected genital area. They can grow on the vulva, the walls of the vagina, or in and around the anal canal. They can be small or large, elevated or flat, and may be shaped like cauliflower.
That said, many women do not experience symptoms and can be diagnosed with a regular Pap test by a doctor.
Unfortunately, HPV cannot be cured but the body is typically able to fight it off and in most cases symptoms will go away on their own. When HPV does not go away, it can cause more serious health problems including:
- Cervical cancer
- Genital warts
- Oropharyngeal cancer
- Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
If you think you have HPV, schedule an appointment with a PlushCare physician who can order you an HPV test.
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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Men
HPV is so prevalent that nearly all sexually active people will get it at some time in their life, if they don’t get the HPV vaccine. And even if you’ve had the vaccine there are many strains of HPV you are not protected against, though they are generally low risk strains.
HPV infection is transmitted through anal, vaginal, and oral sex or skin-to-skin contact.
Most men with human papilloma virus produce little to no symptoms. The infection tends to resolve on its own without any long-term effects.
HPV symptoms in men include warts on your penis, scrotum, and/or anus.
The small bumps or group of bumps appear small or large, risen or flat, and can be shaped as a cauliflower. Warts rarely cause pain or discomfort, though they may feel itchy or tender.
If you think you’ve been exposed to HPV, book an appointment with a PlushCare physician who can diagnose your condition and give you a treatment plan.
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Chlamydia in Women
Chlamydia is a common STD that is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It is easily spread by having vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone who has chlamydia.
Chlamydia survives in moist and soft tissues not covered by skin such as the genitals, mouth and throat.
Chlamydia can easily be cured using antibiotics. It can also cause serious damage to a woman’s reproductive system, if left untreated.
Read:How to Get Rid of Chlamydia
It is common for someone with chlamydia to have no symptoms. . Symptoms may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected person.
Chlamydia symptoms in women include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge with an odor
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Pain when having sex
- Itching or burning
- Bleeding between periods
- Abnormal pain with fever
You should be examined by a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD.
A chlamydia test requires a urine sample or a cotton swab from the cervix or infected area. Our doctors can provide you with a lab order for testing and prescribe you with any necessary antibiotics.
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Chlamydia in Men
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that affects both men and women.
Most men with Chlamydia show no symptoms; 50% of men with chlamydia do not exhibit symptoms.
The infection is spread through semen and vaginal fluids, but the transmission of the disease is not dependent on ejaculation. If symptoms do appear, they can show up several weeks after having sex with an infected person.
Chlamydia symptoms in men may include:
- Clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis
- Painful urination
- Burning or itching around the opening of the penis
- Pain and swelling around the tesitcles
- Pain, discharge, bleeding around the anus
If you think you have chlamydia, book an appointment with an online doctor at PlushCare. The doctor will provide you with a lab order to test for the STD. The test is typically a swab from the urethra.
If your results come back positive, your doctor will prescribe you oral antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline. Contact one of our doctors today if you are experiencing symptoms of chlamydia.
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Gonorrhea in Women
Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease sometimes called “the clap” or the drip.
It has been estimated that the United States sees about 550,000 new cases of gonorrhea every year. About 90% of those are from sexually active people between the age of 15 to 44.
This bacteria survives on mucous membranes that are moist, soft tissues not covered by skin. Thus, this infection can be found inside the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, urethra, rectum, as well as the lining of the eyes, mouth or throat.
Read:Is Gonorrhea Curable?
Gonorrhea symptoms in women include:
- Painful urination
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
- Painful lower abdominal area
Gonorrhea is easily treated with antibiotics which kill the bacterial infection in a matter of days.
Book an appointment with PlushCare to get a lab order for Gonorrhea testing. If your results come back positive our doctors will write you a prescription for antibiotics.
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Gonorrhea in Men
Gonorrhea is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15 through 24 years. Gonorrhea, also known as the “clap” or the drip, is a sexually transmitted infection that is transmitted through semen or vaginal fluids.
Gonorrhea tends to infect warm, moist areas of the body including the urethra, throat, and anus.
It cannot be passed through casual contact such as kissing, holding hands, hugging, or sneezing.
Not all infections cause symptoms, that said symptoms may appear several days after being infected.
Common gonorrhea symptoms in men include:
- Painful urination
- Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis in yellow, green or white
- Pain or swelling in one testicle
- A persistent sore throat
Gonorrhea in men, if left untreated, can cause painful condition in the tubes attached to the testicles and can spread to your blood and joints.
Most of the time urine can be used for a gonorrhea test. If you think you think you have gonorrhea consult a doctor about your treatment options.
A PlushCare doctor can write you a lab order and if you test positive can provide you with the necessary antibiotics.
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Syphilis in Women
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is highly contagious.
Around 19 of every 200,000 men and women in the United States report contracting syphilis.
This bacteria can enter your body through vaginal, anal or oral sex from the partner`s sores.
Like other STDs, if syphilis is left untreated it can cause long-term problems such as arthritis, brain damage, and blindness.
Read:What to Do if You Think You Have Syphilis
Syphilis symptoms can take months or even years to appear, so it is possible to acquire or transmit the disease without knowledge of its existence.
Syphilis sores or syphilis chancres may be painless and can heal in about three to six weeks on its own if left untreated.
Since it is a bacterial infection, syphilis is completely curable with correctly prescribed antibiotic medication.
That said, if left untreated syphilis can advance to later stages that can cause lasting damage. A mother can pass it to the child during pregnancy.
If you think you have syphilis book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor. They will order you a syphilis test if necessary. If your results come back positive the doctor will prescribe you antibiotics to treat your infection.
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Syphilis in Men
Syphilis is a common bacterial infection that’s spread through sexual intercourse.
Syphilis is easily cured with antibiotic medication, but can cause permanent damage if you are not treated immediately.
Untreated syphilis can lead to permanent problems like brain damage, paralysis, and blindness.
Syphilis is easily transmitted during sex when one partner have a syphilis sore in the anus or genitals or through kissing with an oral sore. The infection cannot be spread through casual contact, such as sharing foods, hugging, holding hands, coughing, or sitting on a toilet seat.
Syphilis symptoms in men appear as chancres or sores and most likely develop on the penis head or top of the shaft or on the scrotum.
The infection can be diagnosed with a syphilis test which includes drawing blood and swabbing fluid from an open sore.
You can book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor who can write you a lab order for testing and give you a treatment plan, including any necessary antibiotics, following a positive diagnosis.
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Stages of syphilis in Men and Syphilis Symptoms in Women
If left untreated syphilis will advance from its primary stage and get worse over time leading to complicated health problems.
The stages of syphilis are:
- Primary stage – Sores or chancres appear at the site of infection (mouth, lips, anus, rectum, vagina, cervix for women or mouth, lips, anus, rectum, scrotum, and penis for men). These appear 3 to 6 weeks after infected, and heal if left untreated.
- Secondarystage – Red or reddish brown rash on the trunk, palms of the hands and soles of the feet may appear. You may experience sore throat, patchy hair loss, swollen lymph nodes, or headaches and fever.
- Latentstage – During this phase, the bacteria are still alive in your body but you may experience no symptoms. The infection can affect your heart, brain, and nerves and can last for years. Not everyone who has syphilis will enter this stage. Some will go directly into the tertiary stage.
- Tertiarystage – Post secondary stage symptoms, the infection remains latent in the body if left untreated. This stage is not contagious, but the infection may have started to damage organs, such as your brain, nerves, eyes, etc. Symptoms of tertiary stage include numbness, problems controlling muscle movements, vision loss and dementia.
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If you’ve been exposed to an STD or are experiencing symptoms of an STD you should see a doctor about STD testing.
This can be done online through PlushCare. Our top doctors are able to write STD testing orders and will refer you to your local lab for testing. Once your results come back the doctor will reach out for a follow up appointment.
Your PlushCare doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan including any necessary prescription medications, such as antibiotics or antiviral medication.
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