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Section 3 (Recognize the Symptoms)
Burning: In men and women: A burning, especially with urination.
Lumps or Bumps: In men and women: Lumps or bumps and other skin changes near the sex organs may be genital warts, herpes, or syphilis.
Itching: In men and women: Itching in or around the sex organs may be herpes, scabies, or crabs.
Sores: In men and women: Painful or itchy sores on or near the sex organs may be herpes. Painless sores can be syphilis.
In Men - a white or clear often thick discharge from penis may be a sign of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or other STDs. If a man is infected during anal sex, a discharge may appear from the anus.
In Women - any unusual vaginal discharge – often along with itching, burning, or odor – may be a sign of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or vaginitis.
Abdominal Pain: In women: Abdominal pain means pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other infections.
No Symptoms: Some symptoms don't show up for months, even years. If you think you have been exposed to an STD, seek medical care.
Prevention is the Key
Prevention is key to protecting yourself from an STD. If you think you have an STD seek medical attention for early intervention and treatment. Most important, remember to make healthy choices for your body. It is the only one you have.