Symptoms of STDs in Men

The term sexually transmitted disease (STD) is used to refer to a condition passed from one person to another through sexual contact. You can contract an STD by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the STD.

An STD may also be called a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or venereal disease (VD).

That doesn’t mean sex is the only way STDs are transmitted. Depending on the specific STD, infections may also be transmitted through sharing needles and breastfeeding.

It’s possible to contract an STD without developing symptoms. But some STDs cause obvious symptoms. In men, common symptoms include:

pain or discomfort during sex or urination

sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the penis, testicles, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth

unusual discharge or bleeding from the penis

painful or swollen testicles

Specific symptoms can vary, depending on the STD. Learn more about the symptoms of STDs in men.

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