STD or sexually transmitted disease is a common ailment that affects both men and women. This is called as such since these types of health conditions and/or problems are passed on from one person to another through sexual activities such as anal, oral or vaginal sex. However, the symptoms of these diseases usually vary in gender. Some of the symptoms found in women are not necessarily present in men and vice versa. Other STDs may also show severe reactions or symptoms in one gender, but can be asymptomatic to the other. This the reason why it is important for us to know what are the different and common STD symptoms in men in order to differentiate it with women’s as well as in other diseases.
Chlamydia – Chlamydia is actually a very common STD especially in the US. Nowadays, millions of Americans are already infected with this type of disease. This is associated to the mild-to-no symptom effects that it produces. However, some men can also exhibit signs of this infection such as discharges from the penis as well as the presence of burning urination and itching sensation near the urethral orifice. However, the testicles are not likely to be affected, but once Chlamydia reaches the rectum, rectal pain and bleeding is possible to occur. This can also be passed to the throat during oral sex.
Gonorrhea – Gonorrhea is another type of STD. This is now caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Symptoms in men can include burning while urinating, presence of yellowish green discharge as well as the presence of swollen and painful testicles. Other symptoms of this disease can also cause bleeding, soreness, and painful bowel movement. Sore throat can also occur once this bacterium affects the throat. Symptoms of gonorrhea can take 2 to 30 days after exposure to the bacteria. This can likewise complicate to epididymitis.
Syphilis – syphilis is a type of STD that can show symptoms years after becoming infected. Syphilis can start from a single sore called a chancre. This chancre appears round, firm and painless, this usually disappears from 3 to 6 weeks. The second stage will also show rashes on the skin as well as in the mucous membrane. This rash could be rough, red and/or brown in color and can appear on the palms of the hands. The rash will actually disappear on its own before it reached the late stage or the last stage of syphilis. The last stage will now affect the nervous system, heart, liver, joints as well as the bones. People suffering from the effects of late stage syphilis can experience numbness, paralysis, blindness, dementia and eventually death.
Herpes – Herpes on the other hand is caused by the virus herpes simplex virus 1 or virus 2. However, genital herpes is most likely cause by the latter. The infection will usually show signs of blisters in the genital area. Once these blisters open, pain can be experienced, which can take 5 weeks to heal or recover.
These are just some of the common STDs as well as the most frequent types of symptoms that can occur in men. Being able to determine these symptoms can effectively help us in preventing the spread of these awful diseases and avoid it from causing further complications in health.