Because there are so many, STI symptoms in men can vary quite a bit. In most of today’s Western cultures, smart and safe sex have been emphasized. But mistakes happen. And when they do, knowledge is your number one tool in overcoming potential sexual health problems. Look for some of these common STI symptoms to determine whether you are completely healthy. And if there’s any cause for concern or you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to see a doctor to take care of the potential problem. Any action is better than simply ignoring your possible STI symptoms.
- The clearest symptom of an STI is in the exposed area. For men, this means discharge from the penis. If something is coming out of your urethra that you’ve never seen before, it is definitely cause for concern. Often associated with this symptom is a dull pain in the area of your pelvic muscles, so be sure to pay attention to how they feel as well.
- Pay attention to how your body reacts during urination if you suspect you have an STI. Every once in awhile, pain during urination occurs spontaneously. But if it’s been hurting you to urinate consistently for an extended period of time, it may be a symptom of an STI. Similarly, pain during sex can occur when you’re infected.
- Check out your mouth and genital areas for any marks you haven’t had before. A common symptom of several types of STI’s is cancher sores around the mouth, tongue and genitals. They can be red or flesh colored in appearance, and may or may not be sensitive. They are tough to self diagnose, so see a doctor immediately if you think you have them.
- Sometimes, the symptoms of an STI may mirror other forms of sickness. Because many STI’s are bacterial, they often act as a typical bacterial infection like the flu would. Your glands may swell up, you might run a fever, and there could be aches and pains associated with the infection. These sneaky forms of STI’s often fly under the radar, because they mask themselves as other illnesses. As stated previously, the only way to know for sure is to see a doctor.