Sexually transmitted diseases are infections caused by bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites, and are transmitted from one person to another during sexual intercourse. According to the Center for American Progress, nearly 20 million cases of STDs are diagnosed every year in the United States and the numbers are increasing.
The infection generally affects the genital areas of both men and women, as it is the most ideal area for microorganism growth. Sometimes there are chances of getting STD’s when you come into close contact with moist objects like towels, wet clothing, or toilet seats used by an infected person.
The below article covers the types of STD that cause dry skin, treatment for STD, and how to get tested for STD at home.
- Do STDs cause dry skin?
- Does Chlamydia cause dry skin?
- Does Gonorrhea cause dry skin?
- What are the types of STDs that cause dry skin?
- HIV and dry skin
- Herpes and dry skin
- Syphilis and dry skin
- How is STD treated?
- How to get tested for STD?
- Is there an STD home test kit available?
- How much does an STD test cost?
Do STDs cause dry skin?
If you’re experiencing dry or itchy skin anywhere on your body, you should know what may be the reason for it. There are many reasons for itchy and dry skin, but there are possibilities that these are the symptoms of an undiagnosed STD or STI namely herpes or AIDS. If you experience dry or itchy skin in your pelvic region, the base of the shaft, and foreskin we highly recommend you to get tested for STD. The best way of protecting yourself against STDs is to stay proactive.
Nobody wants to find out they have STD. But it is always better to get tested for STD if you have any skin rashes in your body.
Sexually transmitted disease hardly shows any symptoms at an early stage. STDs like HIV, Herpes & Hepatitis (A, B, & C) can only be controlled, while other STDs can be cured if diagnosed at an early stage of infection. So it is advised to get tested for STD at least once a year.
STD symptoms for women
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Painful urination
- Abdominal pain
- Heavy menstrual bleeding.
STD symptoms in men
- Penile discharge
- Swollen testicles.
- Burning sensation.
- Painful bowel movement.
Does Chlamydia cause dry skin?
Chlamydia is one of the STDs caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can be stealthy because there won’t be any symptoms that you can see or feel once affected. As such the symptoms of Chlamydia are so mild that many don’t notice it or they mistake the symptoms for some other infection.
Some don’t even realize they have Chlamydia which can lead to serious problems that can infect the female reproductive tract and also will lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which causes infertility. Similarly, symptoms in men are penile discharge and burning on urination. Both women and men do not know if they are infected by Chlamydia until they are tested. There are no itchy or dry skin symptoms for Chlamydia. But remember, many do not show any signs when they have Chlamydia. So we recommend every sexually active person to get tested at least once a year.
Does Gonorrhea cause dry skin?
Gonorrhea is an infection caused by a sexually transmitted bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhea. Gonorrhea affects both men and women and most often it infects rectum, urethra, and throat and also infects the cervix in women. It’s mostly spread during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. But the best ways to prevent sexually transmitted infections are using a condom if you have sex and being in a mutually monogamous relationship.
Gonorrhea infection has no symptoms. However, it can affect many parts of your body but commonly appears in the genital tract. Some of the symptoms are painful or swelling in testicles, Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis and painful urination in men and Vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse, Abdominal or pelvic pain and Increased vaginal discharge in women. If you’re affected by gonorrhea you will also have anal itching and pus-like discharge from the rectum. So it’s better to get tested for Gonorrhea if you have these symptoms.
What are the types of STDs that cause dry skin?
Not all STDs cause skin problems. If you have sex with someone who has a disease or an infection on genitals, there is a chance you may get STD too. Common STDs that might cause you to develop skin problems include:
Rashes caused by some STDs might not itch, and some people will not even notice them at all. Yet, certain STDs can cause dry skin or rashes to appear on the body.
STD that causes dry skin: HIV
You might be thinking of how HIV causes dry skin. When you come into contact with a person affected by HIV, it is very important to recognize the symptoms as it’s a dangerous warning sign that infection is indicating your body. When your immune systems contact an HIV virus, it fights overtime to create antibodies that help in destroying the invading virus HIV. These antibodies make your body react. Thus, this reaction causes a dry skin rash.
The first noticeable symptom of HIV is a rash. Rash generally appears within the first two months after initial contact with the infected. It probably won’t be itchy. This stage is called a seroconversion rash and happens as the body produces HIV antibodies. Approximately 90% of individuals affected with HIV will experience abnormality on their skin like rashes, shingles, and lesions. Small red-bumps are HIV rashes that appear anywhere on the body including face, legs, arms, abdomen, and back. Point to be noted: a rash caused by HIV will not manifest on or around the genitals.
STD that causes dry skin: Herpes
Genital herpes is generally caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV) from both types 1 and 2. But the majority of genital herpes cases are caused by HSV 2. The immune system does not entirely clear the Herpes infection and a person may have repeated outbreaks once affected. Herpes, in some individuals, would cause rash like-symptoms. On the time of breakouts, small red bumps or blisters appear on or around genitals if infected. These red bumps are filled with fluid and look similar to zits and ingrown hair. They are itchy and resemble a rash if bunched together. Generally, herpes sores go away after about a week.
If you have contracted the Herpes simplex virus, it is important to identify the symptoms that can have on your face. Dry skin rash and bump caused by HSV will proliferate around your mouth or the genitals. On top of that, you are at a higher risk of having Eczema Herpeticum. This is an immoral skin disease that can lead to the point of death. Eczema Herpeticum can also lead to organ failure if left untreated. It works in conjunctions on Herpes infected area so be aware of it and get treated if you feel that you may have contracted it. Some say it’s rare, but the individuals affected with HSV are susceptible.
STD that causes dry skin: Syphilis
Treponema palladium, a corkscrew-shaped organism called a spirochete causes Syphilis. Generally, syphilis rashes occur little later once the infection is developed. Syphilis has three stages. A painless sore called chancre occurs at an early stage of Syphilis in the infected region. Chancres usually don’t itch, so one might not know that he/she is infected by syphilis. After the initial infection, he or she may develop symptoms of fever, fatigue, and rash in a few months if syphilis is left untreated.
After 3 to 6 weeks, an individual may develop a rash on the body. The rash of secondary syphilis is often composed of red, pink, or brownish on the genitals. These rashes are called Condyloma lata rash. These scaly patches occur on the trunk, extremities, palms, and soles. If the secondary syphilis is left untreated, the individual may develop tertiary syphilis, which is the last stage of the disease. Syphilis can infect an individual if your penis has contact with a syphilis sore. Still, syphilis may lead to serious health problems.
Other STDs that cause Dry skin/Rash:
Dry skin can occur due to different reasons. But, when it comes to dry skin on or around genitals, one should always be prepared to get tested as you could be suffering from any of the following:
- Yeast Infection
- Eczema Herpeticum
- Jock itch
How are STDs treated?
Bacterial STDs can be treated with antibiotics if treatment begins at an early stage. Unfortunately, viral STDs are not cured, but you can control symptoms by daily medications. If your given antibiotics to treat STD, you should take all of the drugs prescribed by your physician, even though you stop showing symptoms. Also, avoid taking someone else’s medication to cure your infection; this will lead to severe difficulties to diagnose.
How to get tested for STDs?
There are different forms of tests to get diagnosed for STDs. Firstly, your physician may ask you to take any of the following tests like using a cotton swab in the infected area such as mouth, throat, vagina, anus, or penis or may be asked to take a blood sample or a urine sample. The test shall be taken based on the medical and sexual history you have and the symptoms you experience.
Is there an STD home test kit available?
There are STD home test kits available to get tested at home. You can order an STD test kit online from one of our testing providers. Order your STD home test kit now! All you need to do is follow the instructions mentioned on the testing kit and post it back. STD home test kit requires a simple oral swab collection and an easy finger-prick blood spot collection and the results will be mailed to you within 2 to 5 business days.
It is mostly preferred by the people who have those who do not have time from their everyday schedule, taking an appointment, and visiting the testing lab. Also, those who are not convenient in having an awkward conversation to answer questions about their sexual history with a medical physician in the lab can prefer a home testing kit.
How much is the cost of the STD test?
There are many options available for the STD home test kit, but we have identified the best and the affordable home test kit providers and have listed out for our readers. One of our STD testing providers who are CLIA – Certified are located across the U.S., offers an at-home STD test kit at affordable price.
The following table shows the STD home test kit and STD testing cost at 3 of our partner laboratories (CLIA – Certified) network located across the U.S.
Name of our Partner Labs
(Home Test Kit)
STD tests can be done in any of the following states either at the provider’s location or home. To know the STD test cost in these locations, click here.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover my STD testing cost?
No. Generally providers do not accept the insurance in order to ensure your privacy. However, they will provide you a receipt for insurance reimbursement purposes.
How should I book my appointment for STD testing?
You can choose the most suitable provider from above and make an appointment by following the instructions mentioned by them.
Can I cancel my lab test order?
Yes, you can cancel your lab test order anytime before your testing. A refund will be initiated after deducting the cancellation fee. However, cancellation is at the discretion of the provider.
Do the providers offer result interpretations?
Yes, few providers may provide doctor consultation who will take you through the results and provide clarification if needed.
How do I receive my report?
In order to ensure your privacy, the test report will be mailed to you by the provider.