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Do STIs Always Show Symptoms?

Discussing the symptoms associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is always tricky for any healthcare professional. The symptoms of STIs vary for each individual and indeed many STDs will show no symptoms at all in the majority of patients.

This is why STI testing is so vital for both your own health and the health of others. In many instances a positive STI test may be the only sign that you’ve contracted an STD. We take a look at a range of common STIs that may show not show any symptoms.

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  2. NHS. Gonorrhoea – Symptoms. 2018. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gonorrhoea/symptoms/
  3. Terrence Higgins Trust. Symptoms of HIV. 2021. https://www.tht.org.uk/hiv-and-sexual-health/about-hiv/symptoms-hiv
  4. HIV.gov. Symptoms of HIV. 2019. https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/about-hiv-and-aids/symptoms-of-hiv
  5. American Sexual Health Association. Herpes signs and symptoms. 2020. http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/herpes/signs-symptoms/
  6. NHS. Genital herpes. 2017. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/genital-herpes/