If a healthy person is exposed to blood or potentially infectious fluids (saliva, vaginal or anal secretions) from a person infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD/STI), there is a real risk of contracting an STD/STI.

While some people infected with an STD/STI may be asymptomatic (i.e., have no symptoms), the most common symptoms of STD/STI in Men include the following:





  • Fever and rashes
  • Thick or watery discharge from penis or anus
  • Pain during urination, including itch and vague discomfort inside urethra
  • Pain and swelling in testicles and lymph nodes in groin
  • Blisters, ulcers (painful or painless) or rashes on penis, testicles, anus or around genital/pubic area
  • Round, flat or cauliflower-like lumps on penis, testicles, anus or around genital/pubic area

The occurrence of symptoms depends on the type of STD/STI. We list below the most common STDs/STIs and provide an overview of each. The individual STD/STI webpage within our website provides further information. 
To access these pages, simply click on the hyperlink (in green font)



Chlamydia
and Gonorrhoea




  • 1st/2nd most common STD/STI in Singapore
  • Men commonly complain of pain during urination and discharge from the penis
  • Gonorrhoea symptoms may occur 4-6 days after sex. Most infected men will have symptoms
  • Chlamydia symptoms may occur 1 to 3 weeks after sex, but up to 70% of infected men have no symptoms after infection
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be cured with appropriate antibiotics


Syphilis





  • 3rd most common STD/STI in Singapore
  • Men commonly complain of painless ulcer on the penis (primary syphilis) or rashes on palms of hands/feet (secondary syphilis)
  • Primary syphilis symptoms may occur 10 to 90 days after infection
  • Syphilis can be cured with appropriate antibiotics


Genital herpes



  •  Men commonly complain of a group of blisters on the penis or testicles, which burst to form painful ulcers
  • Herpes symptoms may occur 2 day to 12 days after infection, but most infected men have no symptoms immediately after infection
  • Herpes cannot be cured but can be treated with appropriate antiviral medication




Genital warts


•Men commonly complain of fleshy, cauliflower-like growths (1-10mm in size) on the penis, scrotum and groin area
•Genital warts should be removed promptly because they can increase in number
•Genital warts can be treated with appropriate creams or removed by liquid nitrogen or laser treatment
•Genital warts can be prevented by vaccination with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine



Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)


•Men commonly complain of fever, rashes, swollen lymph nodes and flu-like symptoms
•HIV symptoms occur within 2 to 4 weeks after infection but up to 30% of infected men have no symptoms
•HIV cannot be cured but can be treated with appropriate anti-retroviral medication (ART)



Be responsible. If you are in a new sexual relationship, or have had casual sex, you should screen for STDs. Screening will give you and your partners peace of mind. Moreover, early detection and treatment/management of an STD/STI increases the success of treatment/management, as well as reduces the risk of spreading the infection.


STDs may be treated effectively. Consult our doctors now.