What are the common symptoms of STDs in men?

Common STD symptoms in men include burning with urination, pus-like discharge from the urethra, lesions on the penis and around the anus, and warts on the genitals, among other symptoms. The most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are genital human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), gonorrhea, syphilis , chlamydia and HIV/AIDS. Men often don't have symptoms for weeks or not at all, depending on the infection, so it's important to get tested and use a physical barrier, like a condom, if you're sexually active with more than one partner.

Symptoms of STDs in men with HPV are warts on the penis, thighs, testicles, anus, and groin. Warts are usually painless and skin-colored, and can be flat, raised, or lumpy. An infected man may or may not notice it weeks or months after contracting the virus. However, it is important to know the virus, since HPV infection increases the risks of developing cancer of the penis, anus, rectum, head and neck in a man. Protecting female partners from HPV is also critical as it is a precursor to cervical cancer. Today, HPV vaccines are available for both men and women and are highly effective for those who have not yet been infected with the virus.

Herpes is another common incurable STD that can be spread from genitals to genitals or from mouth to genitals. STD symptoms in men are similar whether you get HSV-1, which is usually related to oral herpes, or HSV-2, which people tend to think of as genital herpes. To begin with, an infected man may experience flu-like symptoms, then swelling, itching, and redness of the groin and penis. Eventually, lumps appear and can develop into painful lesions on the penis, testicles, groin, and around the anus, which may leak white or clear fluid. This usually lasts a week to three weeks and can be treated with antiviral medications.

STD symptoms for men infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are often silent at first. The man may begin to experience fatigue, skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes and lymph nodes, fever, and muscle aches. As the body's immune symptoms begin to weaken, the man may develop sores, yeast infections of the throat, diarrhea and weight loss, and be prone to bruising. Men may not show symptoms until later stages, so getting tested is vital. While there is no cure for this disease, drug "cocktails" can allow people to live long, normal lives with HIV/AIDS.

Men with gonorrhea have symptoms of burning with urination and a thick discharge from the urethra. If left untreated, men with gonorrhea can develop epididymitis, in which the epididymis, a tube at the back of the testicle that stores and transports sperm, becomes inflamed. Symptoms of this condition include painful urination, painful ejaculation, swollen and tender scrotum, blood in semen, and fever.

STD symptoms in men with syphilis come in stages, beginning with swollen lymph nodes and a sore called a chancre on the lips, tongue, penis, or rectum. The man may then develop wart-like growths on the genitals or in the mouth, general pain, fatigue, sore throat, and circular brown rashes anywhere on the body. The disease can lie dormant, called the latent stage, before returning years later to cause damage to the nervous system, resulting in paralysis, spasms, blindness, dementia, and death.

Chlamydia often has no symptoms in men or women. For men, signs may include swelling in the prostate, urethra, and testicles. The best way to find out if you have this infection is to get tested.

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