Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Symptoms of STDs vary depending on the type of STD and the individual case. Some STDs have no symptoms early in the disease. Learn more about symptoms of STDs ›

Groin Pain

  • A mass, bulge or lump in the groin area and/or scrotum

  • Difficulty performing your usual sports activities or exercises, such as running, skating or swimming

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Loss of appetite

  • Lower back pain

  • Pain or itching in the genital area

  • Painful urination

  • Pelvic or lower abdominal pain

  • Rectal or vaginal discharge

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin or elsewhere

  • Trouble walking

  • Weakness of the hip muscles

  • Bleeding symptoms, such as bloody urine, bloody stools, or unusual rectal discharge

  • Change in consciousness or alertness, confusion

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Genital ulcers or blisters

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Increased or decreased urine output

  • Severe lower abdominal pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Redness or warmth in the groin area

  • Sudden swelling of the scrotum

  • Yellow, pus-like discharge from the penis or vagina

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  • Aches and pains
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Decreased urine output
  • Diarrhea
  • Earache
  • Flushed face
  • General ill feeling
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Painful urination
  • Rash
  • Sweating
  • Thirst
  • Vomiting
    • Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails

    • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

    • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

    • Crying inconsolably

    • Extremely watery diarrhea, possibly with blood

    • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

    • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, and choking

    • Seizure

    • Stiff neck with nausea or vomiting and possible confusion

    • Very bad headache

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