How to Know What to Look Out for If You Suspect You Have an STI


Hopefully, you will never need to know about the various different types of sexually transmitted diseases and indeed the signs and symptoms to look out for.

However, if you or your partner, a close friend, or family member suspects that they might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, then aside from booking an appointment with your medical doctor, there are several other ways in which you can self-diagnose whether this is indeed the case.

With that being said, continue reading for a guide on how to know what to look out for if you or someone you know suspects that they have an STI.


One of the main signs that you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease is the formation of warts, either around your anus or genitals, or else in your throat or mouth (the latter of which is particularly rare but not unheard of).

If you do indeed suspect that you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, in the form of genital herpes, then you should contact, who will be able to supply you with the right course of treatment.

Genital Itching

Another common sign and symptom that you may well have an STI is itching in and around either your anus or genitals; but there is also a variety of other reasons as to why this may be happening, including the following:

  • Psoriasis
  • Pinworms
  • Yeast infection
  • Jock itch
  • Lichen planus
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Irritation to underwear 

Pain When Urinating

If you are experiencing pain when you urinate (either sporadically or each and every time) then it is likely that you have contracted an STI, especially if you also are showing signs and symptoms of the other points listed.

However, there are other causes of pain whilst urinating, including the following:

  • UTI (urinary tract infection)
  • Urethritis
  • PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)
  • Obstructive uropathy
  • Cystitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Epididymitis

Genital Discharge

Genital discharge, in both men and women, is one of the more obvious and immediately detectable signs that you may well have contracted a sexually transmitted disease; but when it comes to vaginal discharge, it is helpful to know what the different kinds mean:

  • Clear

If you are experiencing clear vaginal discharge, then you should not be worried, as it is more than likely that this is entirely normal discharge which just indicates that it is the time in your menstrual cycle when you are more than likely ovulating.

  • Yellow

If your vaginal discharge is yellow, then it is more than likely that you may well have a yeast infection, such as thrush, but you should make an appointment with your doctor if this doesn’t clear up in a few days on its own. 

  • Bloody or Brown

If you are on your period, then bloody or brown discharge is entirely normal. However, if you are not, or you are and you have recently engaged in sexual intercourse without using protection, then you should take a pregnancy test.


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