If you’ve recently been exposed to an STD after having sex without a condom or other barrier method, you may have questions such as, how long does it take for an STD to show up on a test? Or, how long after exposure will STD symptoms begin to appear?
In this article, we’ll review the incubation periods for common STDs, the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, and recommendations for testing and retesting.
Symptoms of Chlamydia include pain when urinating, pelvic pain in women, vaginal bleeding during and after sex, testicular pain, discharge from the vagina or penis.
Typical symptoms of Gonorrhoea include green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis, as well as discomfort when urinating.
Usual symptoms of Trichomoniasis include discharge from the vagina and penis, discomfort when urinating, as well as irritation and itchiness around the opening of the vagina.
Symptoms include one or more painful sores and ulcers on the genital area and flu-like symptoms that may occur weeks after. It is important to note that Syphilis symptoms are not always obvious and they may come and go throughout your treatment period.
HIV symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as a high temperature, sore throat, headaches and achy muscles or joints, as well as a red rash on the body.
Due to HIV being incurable, medication has been developed that prolongs life and reduces symptoms, therefore after the initial symptoms disappear, you should not experience any further STD symptoms
The most common STI symptoms for Genital Herpes include small, painful blisters around the genitals, discomfort when urinating, as well as tingling or itching sensations around the genitals.
Symptoms include small bumps on the anus or genitals that are usually painless but itchy.
How soon should I get tested for STD after unprotected sex?
STDs can also be transmitted through any sexual activity such as oral sex, kissing and touching. STDs can be restricted from transmitting infection via bodily fluid by using contraception such as a condom, but this is not a 100% reliable method of using STDs.
Early diagnosis and treatment of STDs is important for taking care of your sexual health. While it’s important not to test too early for STDs, knowing the incubation period of the most common infections can help you determine when to seek medical help.
If you test positive for an STD, whether bacterial, viral, or parasitic, receiving treatment can help to reduce the risk of long-term health complications.