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1.    Symptom: Pain during sex

Checklist: Possible corresponding symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, a burning feeling when urinating and spotting between periods.

Could be: Chlamydia

Which is: A very common STI spread by unprotected sex with an infected person. Sometimes referred to as ‘the silent infection’, it is carried by a lot of people who have no idea they have it. There are often no symptoms at all.

Possible corresponding symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, a burning feeling when urinating and spotting between periods.

Possible corresponding symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, a burning feeling when urinating and spotting between periods.

What now: See you GP for diagnosis. Tests usually involve a urine sample and occasionally a cotton swab may be used for a localized test. Samples are then sent away for analysis. An annual checkup is a good idea if you’re sexually active, even if you don’t have any symptoms particularly if you have unprotected sex.

Treatment: A single dose of antibiotics is enough to eliminate chlamydia if detected early. A repeat dose may be necessary if you’ve had it for a while. You’ll need to inform your sexual partner and have a follow up test three months later.

Left unchecked: It can result in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), pelvic pain, infertility, pregnancy in the fallopian tubes and in some cases be passed from mother to baby, causing possible lung infections.

2.    Symptom: Raised, painless growths ‚ around the vagina

Checklist: growths may be flat, raised, singular or grouped together. They may also be unseen inside the vagina, rectum or urethra.

Could be: Genital warts

Raised, painless growths ‚ around the vagina

Raised, painless growths ‚ around the vagina

Which is: Genital warts are caused by the human Papillomavius (H PV), a very common STI spread by direct skin contact or through sex.

What now: Diagnosis is by way of a visual test by your GP or STI clinic. Your doctor can also talk you through treatment options. A regular pap smear can pick up any abnormalities with the cervix as a result of HPV

Treatment: Treatment involves removing the warts themselves but not the actual HPV virus, which can disappear once the warts do. Your doctor may suggest freezing the visible warts off with liquid nitrogen or dry ice and/or using medicated lotion for multiple warts. In some cases laser treatment may be recommended. With treatment there is a good chance that the warts won’t come back but they can.

Left unchecked: HPV virus can affect the cervix and increases your risk of developing cervical cancer.

3.    Symptom: Vaginal itchiness

Checklist: Other possible symptoms include a yellowy green discharge, a burning sensation or an unpleasant odor.

Could be: Trichomoniasis

Which is: Caused by the organism trichomonas vaginitis. A lesser-known STI, it’s sometimes referred to simply as ‘trich’. There may be no symptoms at all.

What now: Diagnosis usually consists of a vaginal examination and a swab of the area for confirmation.

Treatment: A large single dose antibiotic ¡s used to eliminate the infection which takes up to three days to take effect. During this time you’ll need to avoid alcohol and may experience bouts of nausea.

Diagnosis usually consists of a vaginal examination and a swab of the area for confirmation.

Diagnosis usually consists of a vaginal examination and a swab of the area for confirmation.

Left unchecked: Long term effects are more of the same, unpleasant symptoms. It is also possible for the infection to resurface following treatment.

4.    Symptom: Small blisters around the genitals

Checklist: Other initial symptoms may include headaches, flu-like symptoms, tiny cracks in the skin, a red rash, swelling in the genital region or pain when urinating.

Could be: Genital herpes

Which is: Caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV1 (usually found around the mouth but also on the genitals) or HSV2 (mainly around the genital area). The virus is spread by skin contact as well as vaginal, oral or anal sex.

What now: A swab from the infected area will establish whether or not you have herpes. A blood test may also be taken.

Treatment: There is no cure but fortunately the virus only surfaces for short periods of time after the initial infection. Treatment involves salt baths or antiviral drugs that can reduce the severity of symptoms if treated at the first sign of recurrence.

Left unchecked: It’s estimated that one in eight people live with the herpes virus and up to 80 per cent of them have no idea they are infected.

5.    Symptom: An unusual discharge

Checklist: may experience pain while urinating or symptoms associated with PID: pain during intercourse, fever or heavy and painful periods.

Could be: Gonorrhoea WHICH IS: Caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, gonorrhoea is an easily transmitted and particularly resilient STI.

What now: Testing for gonorrhoea involves a genital swab or urine test from your doctor or STI clinic. It’s a good idea to have a test for gonorrhoea if you’ve recently had a change of sexual partner or had multiple sexual partners.

Specific antibiotics are used to kill off gonorrhoea, and often chlamydia as well.

Specific antibiotics are used to kill off gonorrhoea, and often chlamydia as well.

Treatment: Specific antibiotics are used to kill off gonorrhoea, and often chlamydia as well.

Left unchecked: gonorrhoea can easily develop into PID where there is a serious risk of reduced fertility or infertility. Your risk is further increased if you’ve had PID previously.

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