How To Know If You Have An STD
If you're not always practicing safe sex and have multiple partners, you should at least want to know how to know if you have an STD (sexually transmitted disease). STDs are transferred from person to person through bodily fluids which, in itself, is a great reason to wrap it in a condom each and every time you have sex. You should study the below list in order to know, in the future, if you have an STD.
- A common symptom of an STD is difficult passing or painful urination. Your urine may burn as it comes through your urethra (a pretty common sign), your urine may darken slightly, and it may develop an unusual odor. Note: eating certain foods, such as asparagus, can affect the color and odor of your urine but if you haven't had a lot of unusual foods in your diet, get thee to a doctor immediately.
- You may notice that you have some sort of change to the skin of your genitals. HPV (human papillomavirus) is genital warts and, although this STD may be asyptomatic in most men, men are carriers of the disease to women. It's very important to know if you have this STD and alert all of your prior sex partners as certain types of STDs can cause cervical cancer in women.
- You might have an STD if your sexual partners complain of symptoms such as burning urination, itching, or skin changes. Again, men are carriers in a lot of STDs so may not show have itching or other symptoms but if your sexual partners complain of symptoms, get to a doctor and get checked out for an STD.
- Most STDs are prevented simply by using a condom. Unless you're in a monogamous relationship and fully trust your partner, wrap it every single time in a snug condom to prevent STDs in yourself and others.