Most STIs are asymptomatic so you may not notice any symptoms at all. This means that you could be completely unaware that you have caught an infection.
Frightening it may seem, but regular STI tests will help you avoid the sometimes-dangerous consequences of an infection. If left untreated, they can cause damage to your reproductive organs and can play a part in the development of other health problems, such as epididymitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and cervical cancer.
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The most common type of STI's usually show no symptoms. These STIs are bacterial and include chlamydia, gonorrhoea and mycoplasma genitalium. Other STI's are viral including genital herpes and genital warts. These STI's cannot be cured but most of their symptoms can be alleviated with treatment.
Both STI's are contracted in a similar way, but they affect the body differently and require different treatments.
In most cases you will not experience any symptoms if you have this type of STI. Nevertheless, you should always be aware of the symptoms so that you can act as soon as possible. The most common symptoms associated with bacterial STI's are as follows:
The symptoms can be cured with antibiotic treatments, usually Azithromycin or Doxycycline.
Unlike bacterial STI's, viral infections will show symptoms. These symptoms may not manifest straight away and sometimes they may take months, or even years to appear. They cannot always be cured but the symptoms can be managed through effective treatment.
Genital herpes symptoms involve:
Genital warts symptoms involve: