STDs: What Are the Silent Symptoms in Men?

  • Topic Info:Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are passed from an infected person through sexual contact.

    According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 110 million Americans are living with an STD and 20 million new STDs occur annually. Many men who are infected with an STD don't know it, since many STDs rarely show any signs or symptoms. Men that aren't properly diagnosed can suffer health issues, as well as pass it to their partner(s).

    However, some STDs that are present in men DO have symptoms which are often described as painful and debilitating. Some symptoms include pain or burning during urination, frequency in urination, pain during ejaculation, abnormal discharge from the penis, or bumps, blisters, or sores on the penis or genitals.

    Other symptoms that can be hard to pinpoint are fever, lethargy, and yellowing of the skin.

    What are the most common STDs associated with men?

    The most common STDs that rarely show symptoms are gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, and chlamydia.

    What are ways you can prevent STDs?

    The only way to completely prevent the spreading of STDs is by practicing abstinence. But, if you are sexually active, it's important to use condoms correctly.

    What else do you need to know about STDs in men?

    Dr. Howard Mell shares which STDs are most common in men, the symptoms men may experience if they are infected, and ways to prevent STDs.
  • Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD