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What Are Some Common Symptoms of STIs?

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STIs (sexually transmitted infections, also known as STDs) can have a lot of symptoms, but most of the time STIs don’t show any symptoms at all. It’s common to be worried if you think something could be a sign of an STI. Remember that most STIs are curable. Also, almost all STIs that aren’t curable are treatable. This means that you’d always have them, but you can live a long and healthy life if you do. If you get tested and take any medicine you need, it’s very rare for STIs have any risk to your overall health.

Genital symptoms of STIs

Most cases don’t show any signs at all. When there are signs, the most common STI symptoms for someone’s penis, vagina, vulva, or anus are:

  • A feeling like burning when peeing
  • Pain in or on the genitals
  • A new liquid coming out of the genitals
  • Unexpected bleeding or a bad smell around the genitals
  • Bumps or sores that are itchy, or a rash that seems different
  • Signs of a flu or cold after you’ve done something risky

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to get tested at the nearest STI testing clinic in Montreal. There you will find out if it is an STI. If you do, you’ll also find the right treatment for you.

Oral symptoms of STIs

You can also get STIs from oral sex, and give them the same way. Like in the genitals, STIs in the throat rarely have symptoms, so it’s a good idea to get tested often. Symptoms in the mouth and throat can look a bit different than what you’d find lower down:

  • Itchy bumps or sores, including cold sores
  • A sore throat or pain in the throat
  • Bumps or rashes in or around the mouth
  • Signs of the flu or a cold after you’ve had oral sex without a barrier

If you have any of these symptoms, you can get tested at CLSCs or other clinics in Montreal. If you don’t have any symptoms, but you have sex or oral sex without condoms, you might want to get tested at least twice a year just to be safe.

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