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STD Signs & Symptoms FAQs

There is a multitude of reasons why you might have skin irritation and they range from bacterial infections, yeast infections, pimples,  allergies, fungal infections. However, it could also be caused by STDs such as genital herpes or genital warts.

Within the first couple of weeks of HIV infection, people will experience flu-like symptoms and some sort of light body rash. The rash itself can vary because it is caused by the creation of antibodies and the immune system’s lowered defense radar for skin irritants. If you develop a rash and flu symptoms after possible exposure, seek medical attention.

Vaginal Burning can be the result of a yeast infection or the imbalance of vaginal flora. However, your vagina could also be burning from gonorrhea, chlamydia, or both at the same time.

Jock itch is caused by a fungus and is not normally considered an STD. You catch it when your skin comes in contact with the fungus. It is curable. Symptoms include redness and irritation.

If you’ve never had sex, bumps on your penis could be a collection of harmless pimples. Bumps could also mean genital warts, herpes, penile cancer, or a yeast infection. Raise alarm depending on severity.

Although it could be something like a yeast infection, almost all STDs can be associated with vaginal itching. The list includes: chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and genital warts.

Pain in your testicles could be caused by tension, hernias, or an infection of the urethra caused by bacterial STDs, including gonorrhea and chlamydia. Ignoring the pain could be extremely dangerous.

Since they share many of the same symptoms, telling between a UTI and STD is difficult. However, if you haven’t had unprotected sex recently, then chances are the symptoms are being caused by a UTI. If you feel any of the symptoms, make sure to get medically checked out.

Blood in the urine is usually an infection of the urinary tract. That includes the kidneys and the urethra. Blood may be visible by the naked eye and if it is, should be treated very seriously. Some bacterial STDs could cause blood in the urine, but either way, should always be checked out by a medical professional.

Discharges vary between men and women, but any discharge that is any color than clear or milky white should raise alarm. That means grey, green, yellow, or discharge filled with pus should be examined.

If the discharge comes at the end of sexual arousal, then that is normal. Any unexpected discharges regardless of color should raise a personal alarm. Possibilities are bacterial infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, or urinary tract infections.

Foul smells could stem from bacterial STDs or active genital lesions. The smell comes from a disruption in your vaginal flora and any imbalances should be looked at or tested. Yeast infections are also a common culprit.  

Painful or burning sensations during urination is a typical symptom of all bacterial STDs. Be aware of your body and if you’re experiencing pain, get tested for bacterial STDs.

UTIs are the most common infection known to cause frequent urination. However, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trich have all been known to demand frequent trips to the bathroom. If you’re urinating more than 8 times a day, get tested.

Bumps on your vagina are usually caused by genital herpes or genital warts. If there are warts that ooze and lesions that throb, chances are you have an STD.

Unlike genital herpes, herpetic eye disease (herpes in the eye) is not a sexually transmitted disease. Herpes in the eye is caused by herpes simplex type 1 which is the same virus that causes cold sores on the mouth and lips.

Bacterial STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia regularly result in pain and irritation during sex. If you have open sores or blisters from genital warts or genital herpes, pain may also be present. These infections may also lead to vaginitis, causing inflammation and pain until tested and taken care of.

If you’re experiencing dry skin around your genitals, it could be a symptom of an STD. Genital Warts or Herpes can regularly dry your skin out. Further, dry skin or rashes are an early symptom of HIV as the antibodies that your body forms try to fight the virus off.  

AIDS comes as a result of untreated or undiagnosed HIV. AIDS is the most serious form of the virus and will ultimately lead to death. If you think you’ve contracted HIV, get tested and take the necessary steps towards treatment.

Pimples on penises are perfectly normal, especially if you’ve never had sex before. If you’re worried that it’s something more serious, such as genital warts or herpes, then get tested accordingly.

Rashes could stem from unhealthy habits such as cleanliness and exposure to fungal infections. It could be a yeast infection or jock itch, or it could be something as serious as genital warts or genital herpes.

Vaginal itching could be caused by something like jock itch or yeast infections. However, practically all STDs can be associated with vaginal irritation or itching. That includes genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis.

Bumps on your vagina are commonly caused by genital herpes or genital warts. If there are warts that ooze and lesions that throb, chances are you have an STD. If you haven’t had sex before, check any recently used products for allergy information.

Most cases of jock itch are easily detectable and curable. Most cases of jock itch are not contagious, yet sexual encounters with an infected area could cause the fungus to spread. Always be aware and cautious when engaging in unprotected sex.

While there are some causes other than STDs, such as yeast infections or fungal infections, that may cause irritation in your vagina, it’s important to note that most STDs cause the similar irritation. If it hurts when you pee or when you have sex, chances are you have a UTI or an STD.

Discharges from the penis happen when fluid accumulates within the penis or reproductive system and is a result of a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection within your reproductive system. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, UTIs, or yeast infections could all cause unpleasant discharges.

A number of things could cause an itchy penis, genital warts, genital herpes, yeast infections, and early onset HIV infections could all cause dry skin and itchy areas around your penis.

A rash on the head of your penis is due to fungal infections such as jock itch. It could also be due to yeast infections and poor hygiene. If you’ve added anything new to your cleaning routine, check there first.

Blood in the urine is usually a sign that you have an infection in your urinary tract. That includes the kidneys and the urethra. Blood may be visible by the naked eye and if it is, should be treated very seriously. Some bacterial STDs could cause blood in the urine, but either way, should be examined by a medical professional.

AIDS is the culmination of HIV running its full course without treatment. Signs could include rapid weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, unyielding sickness, pneumonia, extreme tiredness, open sores in the mouth. If you think your HIV has transformed into AIDS, seek medical attention immediately.

The RNA test is an early onset HIV test that measures the level of the HIV virus in your blood. Typical HIV tests only test for the level of antibodies. RNA tests are accurate anywhere between 1-3 weeks after HIV exposure.

Hair follicle infections or ingrown hair follicles could be responsible for any pimples that appear in, or around, your vagina. The roughness of a razor has the capacity to shoot follicles under the skin causing ingrown hairs.

Epididymis, or the infection of the tube connecting your testicles to your penis, is known for causing swollen testicles. This can be due to STD bacterial infections or natural irregularities such as hernias, tensions, or tumors. Tumors are a sign of testicular cancer and should be checked out immediately.

Uncomfortable vaginal itching is usually the result of irritating substances, bacterial infections, and menopause. It could also be due to skin disorders such as vaginitis or some STDs. It might also develop from vulvar cancer or stress.

Testicular pain usually arises from some sort of infection within the reproductive system. This could be due to STDs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, but it could also be from a hernia or testicular torsion.

An irritated penis could be caused by jock itch or yeast infections. Although rare, it could be a sign of genital herpes or genital warts. It could also be caused by underwear thats too tight or from masturbating too frequently or aggressively.

Even though it may be alarming to find the skin on your penis peeling, it is very rarely a sign of STD or viral infection. Itching or flaking skin could be a normal side effect to a new cleaning routine. If it is accompanied by blisters or lesions, chances are you’re ok.

While there are some causes other than STDs, such as yeast infections or fungal infections, that may cause irritation in your vagina, it’s important to note that most STDs cause a similar irritation. If it hurts when you pee or when you have sex, chances are you have a UTI or an STD.

Brown or bloody discharge is usually normal after your menstrual cycle. However, if discharges occur irregularly and or painful then you might have a bacterial STD. These include both gonorrhea and chlamydia. If the discharges smell bad or are green or even have texture, then seek medical attention.

Pimples around your reproductive organs are typically normal and should raise no alarm. Consider any new cleaning products you’ve been using and any allergies you might have triggered with new habits. If the pimples appear as warts, however, that could be a sign of genital herpes.

If you find a lump on your testicle, head to your doctor and get it checked out as soon as possible. Finding a lump could be a cyst and it could be benign, however the risk remains that it could be cancer. Hernias could also be mistaken as a lump on your testicle and should be treated with seriousness.

Most of the times, itchy balls come from the fungal infection known as jock itch. If left untreated, it could be very uncomfortable and could potentially spread to your partner. Treatment is simple and as long as you stay clean, you should recover quite quickly.

Groin rash is another term for the fungal infection known as jock itch. It is not a serious condition and can be cleared up rather quickly by over the counter medicine or a trip to your doctor. Tight boxers and sweat can also spur such an infection. It is lightly contagious so talk to your partner and let them know if you’ve contracted jock itch.

If you have a pimple on your labia, don’t be concerned. It is most likely a case of cleanliness and dirt buildup. It could also be an allergic reaction to any new treatments or products you’ve introduced to your morning routine. As long as it is not a wart or open lesion, you should be fine.

If it is just a pimple, then you should be ok with cleaning it and replacing any foreign cleaning products that may have not agreed with you. However, if it is a wart or open lesion, it could be herpes or could be the spot of infection. If you’re worried, seek professional and medical advice.

Painful urination is a symptom of practically all STD infections. Although painful urination is also a symptom of UTIs, it’s important to get yourself properly tested. gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and herpes can all cause painful urination.

There are plenty of reasons why your penis might appear white. For one, it could be the pigment of your skin. If you have more concerns, visit a doctor and have a full exam.

Syphilis is a bacterial STD that affects your nervous system and can cause irreparable damage to your body. Treatment is available so getting tested is the most important step in your road to recovery. There are four stages of syphilis and each one has a variety of symptoms. Check out information on myLAB Box™’s syphilis page to get a full rundown on the infection.


If you test positive, instruction will be provided on how to obtain a free telemedicine consultation with a physician in your state. This physician may be able to prescribe treatment for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or Trich. Depending on the infection, you may also need to retest after treatment to confirm the infection is gone. 

It is crucial that you inform your sexual partners of your test results, whether they’re positive or negative. Sharing this information will help stop the spread of any infection and will allow your partners to seek testing and treatment immediately if necessary. 

Keep testing. Just because you’ve tested once does not mean that you shouldn’t test again. In fact, it’s common to get infected with certain STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, multiple times. myLAB Box recommends that you test every few months, especially if you’ve received a positive result in the past.