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Can I have an STD for years without any symptoms?

Can I have an STD for years without any symptoms?

Latent Syphilis: I agree with the prior answer. Syphilis also should be mentioned. Syphilis has a primary stage with genital skin ulceration, then follows a secondary stage with more widespread skin rashes. But the following latent or tertiary stage is downright scary. It may last for years with gradual damage to may body systems, potientially causing severe neurologic damage, even death. Get tested. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Could I have an std? I had oral sex (cunnilingus) with a girl i didn't know too well 2 years ago. I've never had any symptoms. Could I have hiv

Could I have an std? I had oral sex (cunnilingus) with a girl i didn't know too well 2 years ago. I've never had any symptoms. Could I have hiv

Need for evaluation: It is very unlikely that you have hiv. The more likely stds you could have picked up are herpes and hpv. Next time you see your doctor discuss the need for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can first symptoms of an STD surface 6 years later?

Can first symptoms of an STD surface 6 years later?

Depends: What std are we talking about? Herpes may not show up, but be present and manifest with 'big time" symptoms in the individual, but more likely in a partner years after exposure. ...Read more

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If you had any type of STD and symptoms then got tested 2 years after if you really had the diseasewill it still be positive?

If you had any type of STD and symptoms then got tested 2 years after if you really had the diseasewill it still be positive?

It depends: An std acquired and treated 2 years ago may cause a positive test result. Tests for syphilis usually remain positive after treatment. Antibody tests for herpes will also remain positive. If a test for chlamydia or gonorrhea is positive it is likely that either the std was not completely treated originally or re-infection occurred. Either way, treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Are there STDs that would be late-onset and not show symptoms for 4 or more years?

Are there STDs that would be late-onset and not show symptoms for 4 or more years?

Yes: HPV is one of the more common STD's and the non-wart producing strains can arrive and stay in the recipient for years with no noticeable symptoms. In the pre-vaccine era as many as 70% of women in their 20's showed blood evidence of prior infection. Some strains are related to cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Are there STDs other than HPV that would be late-onset and not show symptoms for 4 or more years?

Are there STDs other than HPV that would be late-onset and not show symptoms for 4 or more years?

In a male,: herpes, GC,chlamydia,trichomonas could all show late onset and not show symptoms. In a femalle,not as likely. I would think chlamydia and trichomonas might be late onset. ...Read more

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After catching stds i know it takes years but how many years does it take long term illness such as pelvic diease to show syntoms?

After catching stds i know it takes years but how many years does it take long term illness such as pelvic diease to show syntoms?

Usually a few weeks: Some cases of PID never cause symptoms. A woman can have infertility or tubal pregnancy from past PID and not know until tests show blocked or scarred tubes. When PID does cause symptoms, which it usually does (pelvic pain, often with fever), they usually start within a few weeks of catching gonorrhea or chlamydia. But once in a while, PID symptoms may not show up for a few months. ...Read more

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I was tested 4 years ago for all STDs and was clear except for bv. So was treated. Symptoms have never gone, could they have missed something??

I was tested 4 years ago for all STDs and was clear except for bv. So was treated. Symptoms have never gone, could they have missed something??

No: You have to change few things with that Dx. Cleanliness, avoiding tampoon,/doching/Sauna, tub bath,sex toys and multiple sex partners. Avoid all sex during treatment. May need retreatment after testing. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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