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7 Warning Signs That You Have an STD
If it burns, itches, or blisters, it is probably an STD. Discover the warning signs so that you are in the know.
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, can be painful and embarrassing. Unfortunately, they are also a common occurrence, especially when safe-sex precautions are not taken. Even when such precautions are observed, STDs such as HPV can still be spread. Luckily, most STDs are easily treatable by your doctor.
If you’re afraid you might have an STD, consider these seven warning signs:
1. Painful urination
2. Painful intercourse
3. Open sores or bumps near the mouth or genitals
4. Unusual discharge from the genitals/Unusual odor
5. Itching or swelling in the genital area
6. Changes in menstruation
7. High fever, fatigue, nausea
These can all be symptoms of an STD. It’s especially significant that no. 7 (symptoms of general illness) can indicate an STD, so if you feel as if you might be coming down with something shortly after having unprotected sex, don’t assume that it’s just a common cold.
If you believe you might have an STD, you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Although regular STD testing and safer sex can help protect you from contracting such a disease, the truth is that STDs can happen to anyone who has sex — even if it’s that persons’ first time. With knowledge and education, however, you can help protect yourself and your partner.