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Warning Signs & Symptoms of STDs in Men

A sexually transmitted disease, or STD, is an infection that is passed from one person to another through sexual contact. STDs can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. At One Community Health, we know that your sexual health plays an important role in your overall health. We offer STD testing for HIV, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

STD Symptoms in Men

Depending on the STD that they have acquired, symptoms in men can vary widely. 

  • HIV can produce low sex drive, a sore penis, and pain during urination in men specifically. 
  • Chlamydia can result in clear or cloudy penis discharge, painful urination, burning or itching around the penis opening, and painful or swelling testicles. Unprotected sex can lead to symptoms outside the genetalia, including anal discomfort as well as red, painful, and leaking eyes. 
  • In men, gonorrhoea symptoms can appear as unusual discharge, inflamed foreskin, painful urination, and tender testicles. 
  • Most cases of syphilis occur in men who are sexually involved with other men. Symptoms include sores on or around the penis, anus, and mouth. Condoms can help prevent syphilis, but even if you use condoms, any uncovered areas can still be affected. 


Treatment and Prevention

All STDs can be treated, but not all can be cured. For instance, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis can be cured. Herpes and HIV can be treated medically, but this is simply to manage symptoms. 

We recommend having honest conversations about STDs and getting tested before engaging in sexual activity with a new partner. Using condoms correctly and safely can make all the difference. 

STD Testing and Treatment

STD symptoms often appear gradually and get worse over time. Educating yourself on the symptoms of STDs can help you notice the warning signs when they appear. If you are experiencing painful urination, sores, rashes, unusual discharge, or uncomfortable ejaculation, contact One Community Health today for STD testing. We can help make your testing and treatment more comfortable and focus on your needs as an individual.


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