How to tell if your partner has an STD

Didn’t expect that headline, did you? But you’re mighty curious because really, who wants to be stuck with an STD they know nothing about. If you know nothing about STDs, then at least you should know this — they are not cheap to cure.

For reasons best known to the Universe, nobody has unprotected sex thinking “Oh, this is so gooooood,  I’m going to get herpes from this”. Sometimes these decisions are based on the impression we have of our sexual partners, or just how high/ horny we are. So let me put a disclaimer out there real quick; there is NO by the book way of knowing your partner coochie is carrying something nasty that can be spread by intimate contact. So, how can you tell if someone has an STD?

So let me put a disclaimer out there real quick; there is NO by the book way of knowing your partner coochie is carrying something nasty that can be spread by intimate contact. So, how can you tell if someone has an STD?

Getting tested for STDs is the only way to know with 100 percent certainty, but there are certain signs and symptoms that can useful if you’re worried about how to tell if someone has an STD.

Here are a few questions to ask or answer yourself  right now;

1. Does this person have bumps on their genitals or mouth?

Bumps, warts, pimples, blisters, or sores on or around the genitals can be caused by:

HSV-1, known as oral herpes, and HSV-2, known as genital herpes: Lesions and HPV: Genital warts

2.  Does this person have a sore throat or throat infection? It could be a sign of:

Sore throat, chlamydia, Gonorrhea: Swollen glands in the throat, Syphilis: Large, gray or white lesions, HIV: White or yellowish fungal infection and HPV

3. Does this person have chronic flu-like symptoms?

Fever, chills, fatigue, swollen joints, and nausea can all be signs of an STD, such as:HIV, chlamydia. gonorrhea and Syphilis.

4. Does this person have a rash?

Rash on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet might be a function of: Secondary stage syphilis: Red or brown, non-itchy and rashes.

5. Does this person have a high-risk job?ome  jobs carry a higher risk of contracting an STD, such as:

Obstetricians and gynecologists Physicians, nurses, EMTs, first responders, and other hospital staff. Also, Aid workers/Missionaries, Janitorial staff who work with bodily waste, sex-workers and adult entertainers.

Apart from these signs, there is no way to expressly know if someone has an STD (except of course,  they tell you), but without an STD test, there is no way to be absolutely sure. What may look like a bump on the penis could be an ingrown hair, and nothing more. Most STDs don’t even come with any of these symptoms, they just reside in your body without a sign, Chlamydia is an example of one of the silent ones.

The best way to avoid STDs if you are sexually active is to practice safe sex and get tested regularly.

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