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STDs in Men Overview (cont.)

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What are the signs and symptoms of STDs?

In men, STDs can be grouped into three categories:

  • STDs that predominantly cause genital lesions (sores or abnormalities on the genital organs)
  • STDs that predominantly cause inflammation of the urethra (urethritis)
  • STDs that cause symptoms and signs throughout the body (systemic STDs)

Some of the STDs that cause local lesions or urethritis, including gonorrhea and syphilis, can also cause damage to other organs and spread within the body if not treated.

Depending upon the exact infection, STDs that cause genital lesions may cause genital warts, painful blisters, or ulcers. STDs that cause urethritis cause symptoms often associated with a urinary tract infection, including painful or burning sensation during urination and discharge from the urethra.

The section below reviews the specific signs and symptoms of eight common STDs.

List of STDs in men

There are a variety of STDs that can affect sexually active men.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is common in young adults who are sexually active. It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Both men and women can be infected, and many of those infected do not have any symptoms. When it does cause symptoms in men, symptoms of urethritis are the most common. It can also cause infection of the epididymis and testes. Chlamydia infection can be cured with antibiotics such as azithromycin. However, reinfection can occur, especially when sex partners of an infected person are not treated.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2013

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