If you develop symptoms of a
sexually transmitted infection (STI), it is important to
be evaluated by a health professional soon after your symptoms start. Symptoms
of an STI include:
A change in vaginal discharge (thicker,
discolored, or bad-smelling) over a period of several days to 2
Pain, burning, or itching while urinating that lasts more
than 24 hours.
Pain during sexual intercourse.
a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic or lower abdominal
Itching, tingling, burning, or pain on or around the
Sores, lumps, blisters, rashes, or warts on or around the
genitals or anus.
Vaginal spotting or bleeding after sexual
General symptoms of an infection, such as fever and
fatigue or lack of energy.
Sores in the throat.
Many STI symptoms will go away or change quickly.
This does not mean that the STI has gone away. It will
be harder for your health professional to diagnose your STI after the
symptoms have changed. A delay in being evaluated may lead to a more serious
If you suspect you may have symptoms of an STI, do
not have sexual intercourse while waiting for your appointment. This will
reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to your partner.
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