What Are the First Signs of an STD?

What Are the First Signs of an STD?

What Are the First Signs of an STD?

The first signs of a sexually transmitted disease (STD or STI) can vary considerably based on the type of infection. In fact, many STDs never cause noticeable symptoms. Because of this, it’s difficult to say what the first signs of an STD may be. As a general rule of thumb, make sure to promptly visit a medical professional if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • Bumps, blisters, sores, or rashes around the genital area
  • Abnormal bleeding or discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Unusual rash around your stomach, hands, or feet
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes, especially around the groin
  • Fever

Most STD symptoms develop 3 to 10 days after exposure. Herpes, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, may not display symptoms for several weeks, months, or even years—if ever.

It is incredibly important to receive regular STD testing if you are sexually active. Because many STDs don’t cause noticeable symptoms, testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an active infection.

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Affinity Urgent Care’s fully equipped immediate care centers in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas, provide comprehensive and confidential STD testing on a walk-in basis. Here, you can ask our clinicians any sexual health questions you may have, learn safer sex practices, and find the answers and peace of mind you need through reliable STD testing services. We are open during extended hours every day to serve busy people like you. And, we accept all major health insurances and offer low self-pay rates. Visit us today!

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