Richmond Practice - Understanding STD symptoms

Understanding STD symptoms
1% of all under 25s are thought to suffer from STI symptoms at any one time. STD symptoms often do not show until several weeks after infection, so it’s essential you get early treatment if you suspect you’ve been infected.

At Elsbeth's Doctors STD clinics, we are experienced in the early diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, even where STI symptoms are absent. We deal with everything from Chlamydia symptoms to syphilis symptoms, with professional courtesy and confidentiality.

Recognising Chlamydia symptoms
Chlamydia can affect both men and women, and can lead to infertility and prostate problems. Unfortunately, Chlamydia symptoms are often absent in infected individuals, so it is important vulnerable individuals are treated regularly.

Pregnant carriers can transmit Chlamydia during childbirth, so sexually active women should have regular checks even if Chlamydia symptoms are absent. Chlamydia symptoms include pain on urination, urethral and vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, and irritation in the eyes. Treatment is by antibiotics.

Recognising HIV symptoms
HIV – the “AIDS Virus” - is probably the most feared of all STD’s. However, HIV symptoms are far more treatable than they were a few years ago, and many of the patients who come to our Elsbeth's Doctors clinics never develop full-blown AIDS. Caught early enough, many people with the disease can lead normal lives.

HIV symptoms usually appear 1 – 2 months after infection. They include swollen glands, feverishness, skin rashes and thrush. However, many other diseases resemble HIV symptoms, which is why we offer HIV tests.

Recognising syphilis symptoms
Syphilis symptoms are more often seen in people from the African and Asian continents than the UK. However, left untreated, syphilis symptoms can be fatal so it’s essential you get treatment if you think you may be infected.

The earliest syphilis symptoms appear up to 6 weeks after infection, and include a painless sore (chancre) on or near the genitals. In the secondary phase, patients suffer swollen glands, feverishness and other STD symptoms.
Tertiary phase STD symptoms include paralysis, blindness and major organ damage so it’s essential you get rapid treatment if you experience these, or any other, STI symptoms.