How quickly can you show symptoms of STD

STD: symptoms

Venereal diseases how Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea can - depending on the pathogen, stage of the disease, state of health and other factors - remain symptom-free, have few symptoms or be accompanied by different, sometimes unspecific symptoms.

It is advisable to take care of your body and, if there are any noticeable changes, to have a doctor examined: Doctors can determine whether these are possibly symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection and, if necessary, treat them.

Many STDs can asymptomatic or with few symptoms.

To step Symptoms on, then typically in the genital and anal regions, but they can also in other places occurrence.

Typical symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease

  • discharge from the urethra or rectum (intestines)
  • Burning or Painful urination, itching
  • Ulcers, vesicles, nodules, or warts on the genitals, on or in the mouth, in the anal region or other parts of the body
  • Redness or whitish to yellowish coatings in the mouth, on the genitals or in the anal region
  • Pain and swelling on the genitals
  • swollen lymph nodes in the groin or around ulcers
  • unusual skin changes, for example weeping areas, rashes, redness.

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There is even more information in our brochure on sexually transmitted diseases


Sexually transmitted diseases can also be linked to unspecific symptoms such as persistent Feeling tired or tired, fever with unknown cause or a general feeling of illness.

When sexually transmitted Infections that mainly affect the gastrointestinal tract, blood or mucus in the stool, discoloration or discoloration of urine or stool, recurring diarrhea, possibly alternating with constipation, or prolonged feeling of pressure in the abdomen, abdominal pain and loss of appetite may occur.

STDs are treatable when they are recognized

If venereal diseases are recognized, they are easily treatable and curable and leave little or no consequential damage. The exception is HIV infection: although it can be treated well with medication, it is still not curable.

If left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases can have serious consequences, for example inflammation of the abdomen, testicles or epididymis, infertility or certain types of cancer.

If symptoms of an STD appear, a test is recommended. You can have yourself examined, for example, by doctors, in test centers run by AIDS organizations or in health authorities.

Since many sexually transmitted diseases are symptomatic and symptoms are often not noticed or not correctly interpreted, regular tests for sexually transmitted diseases can also be useful, for example if the partner changes frequently. Advice on this is provided, for example, by checkpoints, health authorities, prevention projects, the AIDS services (also by telephone and online) and specialized doctors.

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