STD symptoms

Back in the day a lot of people assumed that nice girls didn’t get VD. Well, we stopped using that term around the time we stopped using belts to hold maxi pads in our underwear. Now we have to work on stopping the stigma.

I mean, when the CDC reports that one in four teenage girls have an STD, (aka: a sexually transmitted disease or sexually transmitted infection), isn’t is time we just admitted it can happen to anyone?

The most common way for STDs to spread is through unprotected vaginal or anal sex.  But infections can also be spread through unprotected oral sex on a guy or a girl. In some cases, they can even be passed through skin-to-skin contact.

Bacterial infections can be cured with antibiotics, but viral infections can’t.  However, you can get vaccinated for a few viral infections, (for example HPV).

The best way for sexually active teens to prevent STDs is to practice safer sex by using condoms, getting tested regularly, and talking openly with sex partners about risks. It’s also important to know the facts.

You can check out the chart below to help you jack up your infection IQ.


Important Info About Common Sexually Transmitted
STI What Are the Symptoms? Can it Be Asymptomatic? Can it Be Transmitted When Asymptomatic?
Bacterial Infections
Chlamydia Discharge from penis, vagina, or anus. Pain during urination. Pain during sex. Yes. Seventy-five percent of women and fifty percent of men have no symptoms. Yes.
Gonorrhea Discharge from penis, vagina, or anus. Pain with urination. Pain during sex. Yes. Often there are no symptoms, but damage to internal organs can occur nonetheless. Yes.
Viral Infections
Herpes Rash with clusters of blister-like sores appearing anywhere on the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, buttocks, or mouth.
Pain and discomfort in the genital area. Itching and burning sensations during urination or sex.
Yes. Though it is most contagious when a sore is present, herpes can be transmitted even when there are no visible
signs of the virus if a person is experiencing skin-cell shedding.
Yes. Though it is most contagious when a sore is present, herpes can be transmitted even when there are no visible
signs of the virus if a person is experiencing skin-cell shedding.
HIV/AIDS Flu-like symptoms. Unexplained weight loss. Yes. On average it takes ten years to develop symptoms after contracting HIV. Many people with HIV feel perfectly
Yes. It is also possible to transmit HIV even before an HIV test will come up positive.
Human Papiloma Virus
Genital warts. Abnormal pap smears. Yes. There are approximately 100 strains of HPV. Most have no symptoms and do not cause harm. Yes. Even if no warts are present, it is possible to transmit any strain of the virus.
Mollescum Contagiosum Small, red, waxy, round, polyp-like growths in the genital area or on the thighs. Yes. Yes.
Trichomoniasis Frothy, musty-smelling discharge. Bloody discharge. Itching in and around the vagina. More frequent
Yes. Many women have no symptoms, and men rarely do. It takes three to 28 days for symptoms to


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  • Venny

    There are more negatives to being sexually active than there are positives and when the negatives out weigh the positives dont do it. It's dangerous and shouldn't be taken lightly. i dont think school kids should be involved with sex. i did and i think because of the lack of knowledge prompted me to believe i was ready and i think that most of them are not prepared psychologically for the possible negative results that it brings.

  • Khloe

    that really opens my eyes about sex..

  • Sarah

    And THAT is why you use condoms and get tested, kiddies! =D

  • Blake