Although sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can affect anyone, the signs and symptoms of infection can vary for men and women. It is crucial that men maintain an awareness of the symptoms they might experience because statistics demonstrate that they are less likely to get tested for STIs than women.
Research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that more than 1 million STIs are contracted by people across the globe every day. Accessing treatment as early as possible will help to reduce any concerns and result in more positive health outcomes.
Chlamydia is a bacterial STI that can affect the urethra, rectum and throat. In many cases, individuals with chlamydia will not display any symptoms, but they can develop in men several weeks after the initial infection.
Common signs of chlamydia include:
-Pain when urinating
-A burning or itching sensation around the penis
-Swelling and discomfort in one or both testicles
Less common signs include:
-Bleeding and/or discharge from the rectum
If you think you might have contracted chlamydia, it is important to get tested as soon as possible even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. If you aren’t sure where to obtain an STI test London is home to a range of experienced sexual health professionals, including www.checkurself.org.uk/plus. A short course of antibiotics is usually all that is required to successfully treat this silent STI.
Type 1 of the herpes virus can lead to the development of cold sores in and around the mouth, whereas type 2 of the herpes virus leads to genital herpes that is almost always spread via sexual intercourse without a condom.
Symptoms of herpes generally appear within two and 12 days and commonly include:
-Painful sores or blisters around the mouth
-Painful sores or blisters on the rectum, buttocks, genitals or thighs
-Sore muscles in the upper thighs, buttocks and lower back
-An itching, burning or tingling sensation felt on the skin surrounding sores and blisters
Gonorrhoea is an infection that can affect the throat, rectum or urethra. Most men with gonorrhoea will display no symptoms, but the most common signs include:
-White, grey or yellow discharge from the urethra
-Pain in one or both testicles
-Painful urination and/or bowel movements
Many STIs can be treated successfully, but some can result in lifelong conditions without appropriate treatment.