7 Signs you have an STI
Is it itching, burning or full of blisters down there? It’s more than likely you have an STI of some sort. Having an STI can be a little embarrassing but make no mistake; STIs area a serious health risk if not treated.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, HIV, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Trichomonas, Crabs (pubic lice) etc. are infections spread through skin-to-skin contact during sexual contact Here are 7 signs that you could have an STI:
- It pains when you pee
- It is sore when you have sex
- You have sores or bumps on your private parts or near your mouth
- You private parts are itchy and there is swelling
- There is a bad smell or discharge coming from your vagina
- Your periods are not normal
- You are suddenly burning up with fever and feeling unwell
STIs infect both men and women at any age and you can get STIs from any type of sexual contact including anal or oral sex. You might not even know you have an STI, as sometimes an STI doesn’t cause symptoms at the time. . Firstly, if you are having sex, always use a condom to protect against STIs and pregnancy. Not having sex means you limit your risk of catching an STI. Whatever you do, do not ignore your STI symptoms. STIs are a danger to your health. If left untreated, they can cause many problems like preventing you from having children or in the case of HIV - you can become dangerously sick. If you suspect you have an STI, or that your partner has an STI– you need to visit a doctor immediately. The doctor will be able to identify the STI and offer you the appropriate treatment. You can also test for HIV, and get help if you are HIV-infected.
Remember to use a condom, every time you have sex to protect against STIs and pregnancy.
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