Common STI Symptoms

Most STIs go undetected. That means you might have an STI without knowing it. And pass it on, without knowing it.

Below are a list of some of the most common STIs and some of the symptoms they present.

STI vs STD: A Quick Note

An STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) is when a bacteria or a virus gets into a body – it can be present in the body without any symptoms.

An STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) is used when the STI (or infection) starts to exhibit signs or symptoms.

On our website, we will use STI (instead of STD) to ensure simplicity, unless stated otherwise.

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Here is a list of common STI symptoms and the STIs that might cause them.

Head, Mouth & Throat

Flu, Cold, Fatigue &/or Tiredness

Please note that one may have a flue/cold/sore-throat without being at risk of an STI (and HIV).

      • HIV
      • Syphilis
      • Hepatitis B
      • Hepatitis C
      • Herpes

Sore Throat

Please note that one may have a flue/cold/sore-throat without being at risk of an STI (and HIV).

      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhoea
      • Syphilis
      • HIV

Skin Lesions

      • Herpes 
      • Syphilis
      • HIV
      • Scabies

Abdominal Area

Abdominal Pain (for women)

      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhoea
      • Trichomonas
      • Mycoplasma
      • PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). This may be due to one of the above infections but in approx. 50% of patients can occur in the absence of these infections.

Genital Area

Abnormal Discharge

      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhoea
      • Trichomonas
      • Mycoplasma
      • Candida (Thrush)
      • Bacterial Vaginosis (in women)
      • PID
      • Inflammation of cervix (cervicitis)

Unusual Smell

      • Bacterial Vaginosis
      • Candida (Thrush)
      • Trichomonas

Burning & Itching

      • Trichomonas
      • Herpes
      • Candida

Pain When Urinating

      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhoea
      • Trichomonas
      • Mycoplasma
      • Candida
      • Herpes

Unusual Lumps & Bumps

      • Genital Warts
      • Molluscum Contagiosum
      • Scabies
      • Herpes

Pelvic Pain (for women)

      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhoea
      • Trichomonas
      • Mycoplasma
      • PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). This may be due to one of the above infections but in approx. 50% of patients can occur in the absence of these infections.

Skin Lesions

      • Herpes 
      • Syphilis
      • HIV
      • Scabies

Please Note

The factors above are just some of the important risk factors specialists consider. As an STI may be present in your body without symptoms, to make sure you are fine it is also important to ensure the right tests are selected, at the right time.

This will be discussed in your consultation, with tests and treatment also available as appropriate.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

FAQs

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Will I have a physical examination?

If you have symptoms, then it is highly recommended that you receive a physical examination. Our clinicians are highly professional and will treat you with the highest dignity and respect. A female clinician and/or chaperone will be available to female patients.

Will I need any tests?

Every STI appointment begins with an STI Consulation. During this, your clinician will understand your sexual history, symptoms you may have and determine the risks you may be at. Following this, the appropriate tests will be recommended to you with ample time to carry them out.

Can you provide in-clinic treatment?

Yes. We can offer you medications for almost all STIs and sexually related conditions. You can learn more here.

Who will I see?

All appointments are with an experienced sexual health Nurse or Doctor, who have spent most of their career in the NHS. They will be able to consult, test and treat you.