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Symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause many different symptoms. They may include:

  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis. This may get worse over a period of several days to 2 weeks.
  • Pain, burning, or itching while you urinate that lasts for longer than 24 hours.
  • Cloudy urine.
  • Fever.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Pain or a feeling of heaviness in the pelvis or lower belly.
  • Itching, tingling, burning, or pain in the genitals.
  • Sores, lumps, blisters, rashes, or warts on or around the genitals.
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding after sexual intercourse.
  • Crusting at the tip of the penis.
  • Other symptoms of an infection, such as a rash, fatigue or lack of energy, or swollen glands (lymph nodes).

These symptoms require medical attention. Avoid any sexual contact until you have been checked by your health professional.

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