How to spot early signs of STDs and your treatment options

  Spiky cactus with condom (A visual metaphor for STDs)

Knowing how to spot the early signs of an STD can save you a lot of time and stress when it comes to treatment options. Instead of letting your symptoms get worse, it’s advised to see a doctor straight away.

To discover more about the early signs of STDs and find out what treatment options are available, take a look at the most common symptoms and how they are treated...

What Are The Early Signs Of STDs?

The early signs of STDs can be confusing, as often they can be mistaken for other diseases or infections. On top of this, once you have identified that you have symptoms, it is almost impossible to know which STD you have and what to do about it. Many STDs have no signs or symptoms, so it can be very easy to transmit infections on to your partner. To avoid this happening, a condom should be used for protection. 

Although there are a few symptoms that STDs share, often they have different signs. Take a look at a few of the early signs that you can look out for and the diseases that they are associated with.

What Are The Symptoms Of STDs?

The symptoms of STDs can vary between men and women. Take a look at the most common ones to look out for for women:

  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Vaginal itching
  • Vaginal blisters in the genital area
  • Vaginal rash
  • Burning or painful urination
  • Pain or bleeding during sex

The most common symptoms for men are similar, and include:

  • Blisters on or around the penis
  • Spots on the penis
  • Painful urination or ejaculation
  • Itching on the tip of the penis
  • Discharge from the tip of the penis

Treatment Options For STDs

Treatment options vary depending on the STD that you have, however the best option is to go and see a doctor as soon as you sense any symptoms coming on. They will be able to advise you on your treatment options and provide you with the correct medication. 

Often treatment options for STDs will include:

  • Antibiotics

Antibiotics usually cure most sexually transmitted diseases and bacterial infections. If you have common STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis, then you will probably be given a set of antibiotics to cure the infection.

  • Antiviral drugs

Some STDs like Herpes and HIV are virus’ that cannot be ‘cured’ in the traditional sense. This means that you will need to consistently use protection when you have sex and take an antiviral drug that suppresses the virus. This will reduce flare ups and ensure that the virus is kept under control, although you will still need to use protection such as condoms in order to protect you partner.

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