Most men in Arizona are quick to assume that if they had a sexually transmitted disease (STD), they would know about it. While some STDs have obvious symptoms, others do not, and they can easily be mistaken for other conditions if not thoroughly examined. In this article, we’ll look at some common STDs among men who are sexually active.
If you’re concerned you or a loved one may have contracted an STD, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. At the Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, our experienced physicians understand how scary it can be to get tested for an STD. When you visit our men’s healthcare clinic, we’ll do everything we can to ensure your visit is comfortable. Schedule an appointment today!
Herpes is a viral infection that is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This sexually transmitted disease may affect the mouth (known as oral herpes or HSV Type 1) or the genitals (known as genital herpes or HSV Type 2). Herpes can be transmitted through the direct contact of the mouth or genitals of a person who has been infected with the virus. Men can be infected with this STD through sexual intercourse, oral sex, and kissing. The actual symptoms of herpes can be hard to spot, and they can take anywhere between two days and two weeks to show up. Common symptoms of herpes in men, include:
- A tingling, itching or burning sensation of the skin.
- Blisters on the penis, testicles, anus, buttocks, or thighs.
- Blisters on the lips, tongue, gums, and other parts of the body.
- Aching muscles near the lower back, buttocks, thighs or knees.
Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted disease that can be found in both men and women. This bacterial STD can be transmitted during anal, oral or vaginal sex with someone who is infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1,526,658 chlamydial infections were reported to the CDC in 2015. One of the scariest things about this STD is that most people who are infected do not display symptoms. Men who do display symptoms may feel pain when urinating, penile discharge, and swollen testicles.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that can infect both men and women. It is most common among people between the ages of 15 and 24, and you can contract this STD by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who is infected. Some men with gonorrhea experience no symptoms, however others may experience a burning sensation when urinating, discharge from the penis, or painful and swollen testicles.
Another common STD among men is hepatitis B. This STD is known as a blood-borne virus because it is transmitted from one person to another via blood or fluids contaminated with blood. Men who are at an increased risk of being infected with hepatitis B include the following:
- Men who have multiple sex partners, especially if they don’t use a condom.
- Men who inject drugs or share needs with others.
Most men who are infected with hepatitis B will not display any symptoms, and those who do often mistake their symptoms for the common cold or flu. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, contact a physician at the Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale today.
- A loss of appetite.
- Feelings of lethargy.
- Muscle and joint pain or aches.
- Nausea and vomiting.
Syphilis is a bacterial STD that can be transmitted to men through vaginal, anal or oral sex. Known as one of the more serious STDs in men due to its link to HIV, syphilis has four unique phases: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. Each phase has it’s own set of symptoms in men, which may include:
- A small, firm, and painless sore where the bacteria has entered the body. This usually occurs on the penis, anus or lips.
- A skin rash that does not itch, often found on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.
- Feelings of tiredness.
- Sore throat or headache.
If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be infected with an STD, contact the men’s healthcare physicians at the Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale today!