While some STIs/STDs can have varying symptoms, most are considered asymptomatic (no noticeable symptoms or signs) in their earliest stages. However, STIs/STDs can still be spread and cause damage to the body when there are no outward signs of an active infection (vaginal, oral or anal) and that’s why it is important to be screened if you’ve had unprotected sexual activity of any kind. Symptoms of STIs/STDS could include…

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
  • Strong vaginal odor
  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Small red bumps, blisters (vesicles) or open sores (ulcers) in the genital and anal areas and areas nearby