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Signs & Symptoms Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms differ depending on the type of STD:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Can cause vaginal discharge, painful urination or pelvic pain. Some patients have no symptoms at all.
  • Herpes. Causes painful, tender blisters on the vaginal or perineal skin. Often the woman will also experience flu-like feelings or a headache, or swollen glands.
  • Genital warts. Often cause itchy or non-itchy bumps on the vaginal or perineal skin. The woman may feel the warts while bathing.
  • Trichomonas. Usually causes an itchy, foul discharge.
  • Syphilis. Can cause a painless ulcer, but often there are no obvious symptoms.
  • HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. Can cause many non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and abdominal discomfort.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.