The following is a description of a sexually transmitted disease followed by testing done at the Luther College Health Service. After reading through the descriptions please take a few minutes to visit the following website to see if you should be tested for an STD: http://www.stdwizard.org/.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are serious, sometimes painful, and can cause a lot of damage by infecting your sexual and reproductive organs or cause general body infections.
Gonorrhea: Symptoms of white or yellow pus-like vaginal or penile discharge with painful urination. May be the first symptoms appearing within 2-21 days after exposure or there may be no symptoms.
Syphilis: A painless sore around the sex organs or mouth may occur 3 weeks after exposure in the first stage. The second stage presents with a rash, temporary hair loss, fever, and sore throat.
Trichomoniasis: (NGU) May have no symptoms, or may have vaginal discharge, itching or swelling with unpleasant odor or frequent urination. It can live for years without symptoms. Re-infection is common. Men may have watery white penile drip and burning urination.
Chlamydia: Watery or milky discharge with painful urination may appear 1-3 weeks after exposure although many men and women have no symptoms.
Genital Warts: Small, bumpy warts on sex organs and anus with itching burning around the sex organs occurring 1-8 months after vaginal or oral sex.
Hepatitis B: Many don’t have symptoms or mild symptoms of fatigue, lingering flu-like symptoms, jaundice (yellow skin), or dark urine and/or light colored stools.
Herpes: Small, painful blisters that can last 1-3 weeks on the sex organs or mouth occurring 1-30 days or longer after exposure