STD stands for sexually transmitted diseases and the basis for its terminology would be its characteristic mode of transmission. Although the organism which can cause sexually transmitted diseases can also transmit from one person to another through means other than sexual transmission, their predominant transmission would be through sexual intercourse, kissing, anal intercourse or other types of sexual practices. As a result, the manifestations of these diseases would most likely to give rise to local signs before it manifest as a systemic infection.
Before probing the signs that can indicate sexually transmitted disease, it should also be remembered that these signs are possible with other types of diseases, which are not transmitted through sexual means. Therefore, the detection of such signs should not necessarily conclude that the person has a sexually transmitted disease, apart from those few occasions when signs are only characteristic in certain types of STD.
So, what are these signs which points towards a possible STD?
Vaginal or urethral discharge
A discharge, which may or may not be foul smelling, can develop through many types of ineffective processes although its presence, along with the sexually active nature of the individual, can strongly suggest a STD. Apart from being foul smelling, these discharges can sometimes cause a severe itch and as a thick secretion.
Ulcers or rashes appearing in the genital region or the mouth
Presence of ulcers in the penis or else papuler eruptions in the region along with similar occurrences in and around the vaginal orifice would also indicate a possible STD. Similarly, there is a possibility of STD manifestations in and around the mouth or even in the region of the anus in cases where the individual practiced oral or anal sex respectively. Although the ulcers may go unnoticed in certain instances they may cause severe pain and discomfort in most of the other STDs.
Pain during intercourse
In females, uncharacteristic pain while engaged in sexual intercourse may indicate a STD, although it may be due to pelvic inflammatory diseases as well. But, even in the event of pelvic inflammatory diseases, the origin of the problem might be following a STD.
Appearance of warts
Warts are of viral origin and can transmit through sexual contact. Thus, warts around the region of vagina and anus would most likely to be sexually transmitted.
In certain instances, females or even males can feel a difficulty in initiating the passage of urine as well as some pain. In such instances, an underlying urinary tract infection should be excluded with identification of a pathogenic organism which would indicate towards the possibility of an underlying STD.
These signs are some of the few to name when it comes to STDs and in any event of doubt, seeking medical attention would be a wise decision.