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.
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 the STD testing clinics as soon as possible to prevent further discomfort and more serious consequences.
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.
Written by Mark Riegel, MD
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