STD symptoms in men may go unnoticed, as 80% of sexually transmitted diseases are asymptomatic.

Here at LetsGetChecked, we have compiled a list of the most common STD symptoms in men.


Chlamydia Symptoms In Men

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Swollen testicles
  • Burning or itching in the genital area
  • If passed via anal sex, it can cause rectal pain, bleeding or discharge
  • If passed via oral sex, it can cause redness and soreness of the mouth or throat

Chlamydia generally doesn't present with symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they often appear within 1-2 weeks of infection. They can persist or might only last a couple of days. If left untreated, inflammation of male reproductive tubes and sterility may result. Chlamydia may also cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (P.I.D) in women causing infertility.

Treatment: Chlamydia can usually be cured easily with one dose of antibiotics if treated early.

Gonorrhea Symptoms In Men

  • Painful urination
  • Green, white, or yellow discharge from the penis
  • Swollen testicles
  • If passed via anal sex, it can cause anal itching, soreness, discharge, pain during anal sex, bleeding or painful bowel movement
  • If passed via oral sex, it is usually asymptomatic but may cause a sore throat

Gonorrhea is generally asymptomatic, if symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 2-10 days of infection. They may persist or they may only last a few days. If left untreated, serious complications can occur like inflammation of the prostate gland, inflammation of the male reproductive tubes, reactive arthritis and sterility.

Treatment: Antibiotics are used to treat gonorrhea, however, The World Health Organization has warned that Gonorrhea has become more difficult to treat due to antibiotic-resistant strains. Antibiotic resistance in chlamydia and syphilis, though less common, also exists.

Herpes Simplex Symptoms In Men

  • Blisters on the penis, testicles, buttocks, or thighs
  • Blisters on the lips, tongue, or other body parts
  • Burning or itching of the skin in the area where blisters appear
  • Aching muscles in the lower back, thighs, or knees
  • Pain in the genital area
  • Swollen and sometimes tender lymph nodes in the groin
  • No appetite
  • Fever

A lot of people don't experience symptoms associated with herpes. If they do, side effects often occur between 2-10 days after infection. The initial outbreak can be severe.

Treatment: While genital herpes simplex is an incurable STI, you can be treated with tablets for pain, local anaesthetic cream, anti-viral treatment and salt water baths. Find out more about the difference between Herpes I and Herpes II.

Trichomoniaisis Symptoms In Men

  • Soreness or itch on penis
  • Mild discharge
  • Painful urination

Symptoms of trichomoniaisis are present more often in women than men. If left untreated, it can raise your risk of getting HIV by 52% according to a 2013 study entitled Trichomoniasis and HIV Interactions: a review.

Treatment: Oral medication.

Hepatitis B Symptoms In Men

  • Feeling tired/lethargic
  • Pain in the muscles and joints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice with yellowing of the skin and darkening of the urine

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.

Most people who catch the Hepatitis B virus clear it themselves through their own immune systems, but a small percentage don’t. Then the infection becomes chronic. Hepatitis B is more common than hepatitis C.

Treatment: No definitive cure, but medical treatment can be very helpful in reducing health problems caused by the virus. There is also a vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis C Symptoms In Men

  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes, or jaundice
  • Dark-coloured urine
  • Clay-coloured stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever

Unlike Hepatitis B, most people do not clear Hepatitis C by themselves and most will need treatment for it. Men are less able to fight off the hepatitis C virus once they’ve been infected than women are.

Leaving Hepatitis C untreated can affect your liver and over the course of 10-30 years can cause scarring, liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Treatment: Antiviral medications help your body fight off chronic Hepatitis C.

Syphilis Symptoms In Men

  • First stage: a sore on the penis, mouth or anal region appears, which is usually a small, round, firm and painless. This heals by itself after about a month
  • Second stage: a rough, reddish-brown, rash appears that doesn’t feel itchy. Symptoms can also include swollen lymph glands, sore throat, muscle aches, patchy hair loss, headaches and tiredness
  • Latent Syphilis (hidden stage): this begins when second stage symptoms disappear. Without getting treatment, you will still have syphilis even when there are no symptoms any longer.

If left untreated, Syphilis causes severe damage to internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, lungs, bones and joints. There is also a 2-5 fold increased risk of acquiring HIV if you have Syphilis.

Treatment: Antibiotics

HIV Symptoms In Men

The H.I.V epidemic continues according to the World Health Organization.

  • Red rash across the torso, arms and legs
  • Painful raised nodes, usually on the neck, arms, groin
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Weight-loss

The virus then enters its silent phase and doesn’t usually affect the person’s immune system for the next 2-10 years. If untreated, HIV progresses to AIDS. At this point, they may experience such symptoms as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Thrush of the mouth and oesophagus
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eye problems such as blindness and retinal haemorrhages
  • Shingles
  • Cancer, including cervical, anal and lymphomas

Treatment: There is no cure for HIV presently but good medical treatment dramatically improves life expectancy.

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Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley