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STD symptoms in women differ from those in men. Mainly due to the structural anatomical differences between the female and male genitalia.

STD symptoms in women are frequently:

  • Painful urination and discharge from the vagina.
  • Painful painful vaginal blisters and multiple painful vaginal ulcers with painful inguinal lymph nodes.
  • Painful or painless vaginal ulcers.
  • Fleshy cauliflower vaginal growths.
  • Fever and generalized rash.

Painful urination and discharge from the vagina are usually symptoms of gonorrhoea and chlamydia.

  • For gonorrhea, they may occur 1 day to 2 weeks after infection. 50% of infected women have symptoms.
  • For chlamydia, they may occur 1 to 3 weeks after infection. 10% of infected women have symptoms.

Multiple painful vaginal blisters which burst to form multiple painful vaginal ulcers are usually symptoms of genital herpes which is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). They occur 1 day to 2 weeks after infection.

Single painless vaginal ulcer is usually a symptom of syphilis. It occurs 9 to 90 days after infection.

Fleshy cauliflower vaginal growths are usually genital warts which is usually caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They occur three to six months after infection.

Fever and generalized rash are usually caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. They occur 2 to 4 week after infection.

No symptoms do not mean there is no infection, as STD symptoms occur in only a proportion of infected individuals. Therefore, not having any symptoms does not mean that there is no infection. The only way to be certain is to get STD Testing done.

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Sexual risk (of HIV/STD/pregnancy), and what you can do before and after exposure.

Timeline HIV STD Pregnancy
Before exposure
Abstain from sex, Be faithful, or Condom use
Circumcision (males only)
(females only)
HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection before exposure
STD vaccine:
Hepatitis vaccine
HPV vaccine
STD / HIV exposure
Unsafe sex / unprotected sex:
No condom / Condom broke / Condom slip
0-72 hours HIV PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection after exposure
STD testing *
Screening test
– to look for asymptomatic infections
– from previous exposures
Emergency contraception
with the
morning-after pill
(females only)
2 weeks HIV DNA Test
1 month HIV 4th Generation Test
SD Bioline HIV Ag/Ab Combo
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
3 months HIV 3rd Generation Test
OraQuick® HIV-1/2 Antibody
– Oral fluid or
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
STD testing *
– Full & comprehensive
diagnostic test
– to look for current infections
Watch for HIV Symptoms STD Symptoms
If infected HIV Treatment STD Treatment Abortion

* Males: Do not urinate for at least 4 hours before arriving.
* Females: testing is more accurate when you are not menstruating.


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