Become familiar with the signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.

STD Symptom Checklist for Women:

  • Burning sensation when urinating.
  • Vaginal discharge. Occasional discharge - clear, thin, with no smell - is normal, but you may have an STD or vaginal infection if you experience discharge that is white, yellow, yellowish-green, bloody or another color; has a noticeable odor; or is persistent.
  • Pain or discomfort during sex.
  • An unusual, "fishy" vaginal odor after sex.
  • Vaginal irritation, soreness or itching.
  • Pain in your lower abdomen (the region where you may feel menstrual cramps).
  • Warts, lesions or bumps in or around the vagina, vulva, anus or on the thigh.
  • Bleeding during sex or between periods or increased menstrual cramping.
  • A skin rash.

STD Symptom Checklist for Men:

  • Penile irritation or pain
  • Pus or discharge from the penis
  • Sores or warts on the penis
  • Pain or a burning sensation when urinating.

Note: Girls and women frequently do not experience symptoms from STDs. If you are sexually active, you should talk to a health care professional about being screened (call your local health department or Planned Parenthood, if you are uncomfortable with your regular health care provider). If a sexual partner has any symptoms, get tested immediately.