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By Lauren Haines, Nurse Practitioner
You may be wondering what signs and symptoms you should look for that may indicate an STI. Many STIs do not cause any symptoms, which is why screening is so important! However, you may experience some symptoms of STIs.
The symptoms are often non-specific, meaning the symptoms may be caused by a variety of infections or diseases. In general, the most common symptoms to watch out for are genital discharge, painful urination, and painful intercourse.
Let’s break down the most common symptoms for each of the infections in the TBD 5 panel STI screening test:
Chlamydia: painful urination, lower abdominal pain or discomfort, vaginal or penile discharge, pain during sexual intercourse, irregular vaginal bleeding, and testicular pain.
Gonorrhea: painful urination, vaginal or penile discharge, irregular vaginal bleeding, painful/swollen testicles, painful bowel movements.
Trichomoniasis: painful urination, vaginal or penile discharge, strong vaginal odor, vaginal or penile itching/irritation, pain during sexual intercourse
Syphilis: small, painless sore (chancre), rash, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, body aches
HIV: flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, rash, fatigue
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are at risk for STIs, please consider testing for infections. You may also want to discuss these symptoms with a trusted medical provider to help determine any other possible cause. In addition, use of barrier methods (like condoms) and regular screening (such as our 5-panel kit) is a great way to help prevent STI’s from causing long-term problems.
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