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STD Symptoms: An Overview

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According to the World Health Organization, ʺSexually transmitted infections (or STDs) are infections that are spread primarily through person-to-person sexual contact. There are more than 30 different sexually transmissible bacteria, viruses and parasites.ʺ

The following are a list of sexually transmitted disease and their symptoms. The information was obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and Planned Parenthood websites.

Chlamydia. Most women have no symptoms of chlamdyia. Symptoms include:

· Pain during sex
· Abnormal vaginal discharge
· Low back pain
· Fever
· Burning when urinating
· Lower abdominal pain
· Nausea
· Bleeding between periods

Human papillomavirus (HPV). Most women will have no symptoms. However, you could display the following HPV symptoms:

· Growths on the cervix and vagina are often invisible
· Visible warts in the genital area, including the thighs
· Warts can be raised or flat, alone or in groups, small or large, and sometimes they are cauliflower-shaped

Gonorrhea. Four out of five women with gonorrhea have no gonorrhea symptoms. However, symptoms generally appear ten days after becoming infected. Sometimes the symptoms may only appear in the morning. Also, a gonorrhea infection can occur in the anus, throat or eyes.

Gonorrhea symptoms include:

· Bleeding between menstrual periods
· Fever
· Menstrual irregularities
· Bleeding between periods
· Heavy bleeding during periods
· Painful intercourse
· Pain or burning when urinating
· Swelling or tenderness of the vulva
· The urge to urinate more than usual
· Throwing up
· Yellowish or yellow-green or bloody vaginal discharge
· Anus itching
· Painful bowel movements
· Abdominal pain

Bacterial vaginosis (BV). Many women do not have any symptoms. However, some symptoms include:

· Pain when urinating
· Discharge with a fishy odor
· Vaginal itching

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