Each year, millions of new cases of STDs are recorded worldwide. According to available data, there are around 20 million cases in the USA alone. STDs are more common in adolescents and young adults, mainly due to skipping condom use and frequent changes of sexual partners.
Find out here what the typical symptoms of HPV (genital warts), chlamydia and genital herpes are.
- HPV (genital warts)
There are many different strains of the human papillomavirus, some of which infect the proctogenital region. Some of these cause warts on the skin. In many cases, the immune system treats the infection on its own, without any complications.
Consult your doctor if there are painless skin growths in the area of your genitals (penis, scrotum, anus).
Unfortunately, this infection does not always manifest itself with obvious symptoms, which means that it can be inadvertently transmitted to a new sexual partner. When detected, the infection should be treated immediately to avoid adverse effects on fertility.
Common symptoms that indicate chlamydial infection are burning with urination and discharge from the vagina or penis.
- Genital herpes
Herpes lesions are often confused with lesions caused by other skin diseases. They usually consist of blisters appearing in clumps. They can occur around the genitals or in the anal area and are accompanied by pain and often fever or headache and swelling in the lymph nodes. The lesions disappear after a few days (up to four weeks).