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how long will it take for symptoms of stds to show up?

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Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
It varies: The most common symptom for stds is no symptoms at all. Some people may notice symptoms such as vaginal itching, odor, discharge or sores within 3 days of exposure. Others, will never have any of these symptoms. So, if you think you may have been exposed, its best to go ahead and get tested. You may even consider getting treated for common infections just to be on the safe side.
Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Depends on the STD: Depending on the infection, the symptoms may occur from 1 day to 3 weeks after exposure. If you do have symptoms such as unusual or foul-smelling vaginal discharge, vaginal itching or ulcers or bumps - you should see your doctor to be tested. You may also consider getting treatment for the most common stds right away just to be on the safe side.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It depends: On the std. The infection may even be without symptoms and HIV may not show up clinically for 10 years. Get checked.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are their racial disparities against certain stds?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: In the United States, african americans are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted diseases such as hiv, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. These disparities are likely related to the lack of access to high quality health care in some communities.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can STDs affect people at any age?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
YES: Any one who has had sexual contact, can be infected with an std. That includes babies and children who are sexually abused. Up to 2-3 percent of sexually abuse children will test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there ways to catch STDs without intercourse?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Sure: Yes, STDs can be spread by any form of sexual contact. For instance, you can get gonorrhea in your throat from oral sex (a lovely thought in the morning). Many other STDs are spread from simple skin-to-skin contact or contact with infected body secretions and certainly those things apply to other forms of sexual contact.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there diseases that resemble stds?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Just get checked: Why ask this silly question when you already know the answer is "yes." just get checked out. Some std's are dangerous to you and some are dangerous to your partner(s).
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are contracting multiple simultaneous STDs common?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Obviously, obtaining an std infection means one is engaging in risky sexual behavior with other at risk individuals. Therefore, there is a risk of acquiring other infections at the same time. For instance, when one gets chlamydia or gonnorhea, doctors with frequent just assume you have the other because they often go hand-in-hand.

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