Men: Basics of STIs

Most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by a bacteria (Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis) or a virus (Genital Warts, Genital Herpes, Hepatitis B, HIV).

Common S.I.G.N.S. of Many STIs

  • Skin changes (sores, bumps, or rashes)
  • Irritation while urinating (burning)
  • Genial Itching
  • Nothing - many people have no symptoms
  • Sex organ discharge

What Happens During STI Testing:

  • In testing for Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, a small q-tip like swab is inserted a short distance into your urethra (the end of your penis) and briefly rotated to obtain a specimen. This can be uncomfortable, but doesn't last long.
  • For Syphilis, a small sample of blood is drawn.
  • For HIV, an oral specimen is collected.
  • Genital Herpes may be diagnosed by taking a swab of a sore, though Herpes is often present without visible sores. Herpes may also be diagnosed through a blood sample. Genital Warts are usually diagnosed by appearance alone.

Left untreated, most STI's have the potential to cause serious health problems.


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