A large number of men are of the opinion that they would know if they had a sexually transmitted disease (STD). While this opinion of theirs could be true for some STDs, most STDs cause symptoms that could be easily mistaken for other health conditions; some of these symptoms are equivocal, thus, making them difficult to specifically identify the condition as an STD. However, most STD symptoms in men are specifically STD related, while some STDs are asymptomatic in some men. Hence, looking out for symptoms might not be a reliable measure of the presence of an STD.
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For sexually active men, having an understanding of the risks involved and being able to identify the common and uncommon symptoms of STDs are very important. It is also worth noting of note that STD symptoms in men may vary based on what infection is present, and what level the infection is at. For most men, STDs are usually detected when there are unusual signs in the genital region like bumps, rash, itching, discharge and pain while urinating or ejaculating.
STD symptoms in men do not greatly vary from STD symptoms in women, beyond the anatomical differences which mark the greatest differences. The greatest difference in the STD would be Gonorrhea with a pus-like discharge from the urethra, causing a burning sensation when urinating.
Other STDs manifest in different ways, but are very similar in men and women. Further STD symptoms in men include HIV, with a weakening immune system, with flu-like symptoms and a steady progression of signs of weakness in the immune system. Chlamydia tends to be asymptomatic, but it is equally contagious and should be tested for, regularly.
Herpes causes genital Herpes sores, while HPV causes genital warts. STD symptoms in men should be taken seriously and treated in one of our STD testing clinics as soon as possible to prevent further discomfort and more serious consequences.
Common STD Symptoms in Men
- No signs or symptoms at all
- Blisters on or around penis
- Spots, bumps or lesions on the penis
- Oozing from the tip of the penis (thick or thin)
- Painful urination
- Painful ejaculation
- Itching on the tip of the penis
- Rash on the penis, testicles, or groin
- Discharge from the penis (penile discharge)
- Burning sensation during urination
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Testicle pain
- Swollen testicles
- Pimple on penis or genital area
Uncommon STD Symptoms in Men
- Sore throat
- Chronic flu-like symptoms
- Swelling of non-sexual joints (elbow, knee, etc.)
- Painless ulcer on the penis or testicles
- Sore throat (if engaging in oral sex)
- Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding (if engaging in receptive anal sex)
- Epididymitis (painful swelling of the tube that carries urine and ejaculate)
In cases of STDs with no symptoms, it is easier for the men with the infection to pass it on to their sexual partners unknowingly and without guilt. This is why it is very important for sexually active men to be comprehensively screened on a regular basis, especially if they engage in unprotected sex.
Also, symptoms don’t occur immediately after being get infected. It may take days or even weeks to develop after exposure. Hence, it is not reasonable to conclude you are free from STDs after having unprotected sex. It may take a while for the symptoms to manifest, and in other cases, there are no symptoms. A regular medical examination and treatment are advised where necessary.