Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can cause various symptoms including — itching, burning, vaginal/penis discharge, or pain. If you have frequent sex or in other words, a sexually active individual having multiple sex partners, engaging in oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse and genital touching — you can get infected by an STD, also called a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
If you have these symptoms and/or suspect that you may have been exposed to a Sexually Transmitted Disease, timely diagnosis and treatment is crucial to avoid more-severe, potentially life-threatening health problems.
In this article, we explain in detail about the types of STDs that cause itching, other symptoms of STD, how to get tested for STDs, and at-home testing kit options.
- Do STDs cause itching?
- STDs and genital itching
- Does HIV cause itching?
- Does Syphilis cause itching?
- What are the types of STDs that cause itching and burning?
- Chlamydia and itching
- Gonorrhea and itching
- Herpes and itching
- Trichomoniasis and itching
- How is STD treated?
- How to get checked for STD?
- Is there an STD home test kit available?
- How much does an STD test cost?
- Providers Locations
Do STDs cause itching?
STDs are diseases that are contracted from unprotected sex. STDs can cause itching and burning sensation in both men and women, especially in the genitals.
Besides the itching and burning symptoms, STDs show various other signs. The most commonly reported symptoms of STD in women are yellowish vaginal discharge, pain during sexual intercourse, lower abdominal pain, and heavy menstrual periods. Men with an active STD can be identified by symptoms like thick penile discharge, irritation inside the penis, burning sensation while urinating, anal itching, and swollen testes.
Common symptoms in both sexes may include fever, skin rash and redness/dry skin, headache, weight loss, sore throat, joint pain, and diarrhea. Luckily, most of the STDs are curable and treated if diagnosed at an early stage.
STDs and Genital Itching
Many people ask whether itchy symptoms down there or between the thighs are a symptom of STDs. The answer is yes, anal and/or genital itching can be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s the most common and irritating symptom of gonorrhea and anal herpes, which are some of the most commonly reported types of STDs in the US.
Itch causing gonorrhea STD is caused by a bacteria called “Neisseria Gonorrhoeae”. Gonorrhea infection can be transmitted from one person to another through almost any kind of sexual contact, including anal sex.
On the other hand, anal herpes is caused by a virus named the “Herpes Simplex Virus” (HSV). Herpes virus is of two types – HSV1 and HSV2. Anal herpes can cause serious itching in the anal opening and around the genitals. It can be spread by sexual intercourse with someone infected by the herpes virus, especially if they have active herpes sores on their skin.
But it can also be the result of other reasons, such as skin conditions, or just contact with irritants in your hygiene products or toilet paper. However, these reasons are not valid if you are a person who is sexually active. The itching and burning caused on your skin are most commonly due to an STD infection.
What are the Types of STDs that Cause Itching and/or Burning?
There are more than 20 different types of STDs caused by microorganisms like bacteria, and viruses. Not all Sexually Transmitted Diseases cause itching or dry skin symptoms. Following are the 5 STDs that cause itching and burning symptoms –
All the above STDs may also cause reddish sores and dry skin rashes that can be itchy and cause ooze discharge or pus. STDs need to be diagnosed and treated at the earliest, if untreated, the infection can increase your risk of acquiring other severe diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc.
STDs that Cause Itching: Chlamydia
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in the US nearly half of the people diagnosed with Chlamydia are women who fall under the 15 to 24 year age group. Chlamydia is the highest reported STD infection in the United States. It is caused by a bacterium called “Chlamydia Trachomatis” which infects the genital tract in both men and women. This bacteria can also form in your mouth and cause a sore throat if you had engaged in oral sex with the infected person.
Itching, burning sensation while urinating, lower abdominal pain, bleeding between periods in women, testicular pain in men, and penile/vaginal discharge are the most common symptoms of chlamydia STD.
STDs that Cause Itching: Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is another type of STD that causes itching. Gonorrhea is caused by a bacteria called “Neisseria Gonorrhoeae” that affects your genital tract. This bacteria can also grow in your mouth, throat, eyes, and anus. Following are some of the other symptoms that generally appear within 10 days after exposure;
- Anal/Genital itching
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
- Painful, swollen testicles
- Painful bowel movements
- Thick, cloudy, or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina
STDs that Cause Itching: Herpes
Herpes infection is a highly contagious infection. This is caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus (HSV). The HSV virus enters your body when you have sexual contact with an infected person. Herpes infection doesn’t show any symptoms initially in most people until it becomes to the severe stage, thus, it is always good to check for STDs and play it safe.
In some cases, the herpes virus can be active and contagious even when sores on the genital areas aren’t present.
STDs that Cause Itching: Trichomoniasis
According to the latest study in the US, an estimated number of 3.7 million people are infected with trichomoniasis. Trichomoniasis STD is caused by a microscopic, one-celled parasite called “Trichomonas Vaginalis”. This parasite spreads during sexual intercourse when you have sexual contact with someone who already has the infection. Trichomoniasis causes itching in both men and women. It also affects the urinary tract in men and the vagina in women.
Following are some of the other symptoms of trichomoniasis infection;
- White, greenish, or yellowish vaginal discharge
- Discharge from the penis
- Strong vaginal odor
- Itching or irritation inside the penis
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Painful urination
- Vaginal itching or irritation
STDs that Cause Itching: Genital warts
Genital warts are caused by a virus called “Human Papillomavirus” (HPV). Warts are nothing but small flesh-like skin-colored or somewhat darker growths that develop around the genitals or anus, thus called genital warts. Typically they are smaller than 5 millimeters but is some people develop as lengthier size. There is no cure for this HPV infection. However, these warts can be removed.
Genital warts grow on the skin and mucous membranes in the genital or anal area.
- In men – warts can be seen on the penis, scrotum, and anus.
- In women – it includes the vulva, the internal surface of the vagina, the cervix, and the anus.
Genital warts do not cause any pain, but they can cause itching, redness, or discomfort, and sometimes, bleeding may occur from them.
Does HIV cause Itching?
Human Immunodeficiency Virus commonly known as HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system and spreads via sexual intercourse. If HIV is not addressed at an early stage, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), where the white cells are completely damaged and your body is prone to diseases like cancer, liver cirrhosis, and more. Generally, HIV infection doesn’t cause itching, however, it can cause skin rashes which is diagnosable.
Does Syphilis cause Itching?
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that affects your genitals, skin, and mucous membranes, but it can also involve many other parts of your body, including your brain and your heart. Initially, a small, painless sore may be present at the site of infection, usually the genitals, anus, tongue, or lips.
As the infection spreads, skin rashes and/or mucous membrane lesions (sores in the mouth, vagina, or anus) tend to occur. Skin rash is characterized by red or reddish-brown, penny-sized sores over any area of your body, including your palms. These rashes caused by syphilis STD do not cause any itching sensations. Other syphilis symptoms include fever, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, and a vague feeling of discomfort, soreness, and aching.
How are STDs treated?
Bacterial STDs can be treated with antibiotics if treatment begins at an early stage. Unfortunately, viral STDs like HIV cannot be 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.
If you suspect your partner having STD-related itching and other symptoms, but thinking or hoping your partner doesn’t have is no protection — you need to know for sure by having your partner tested for STDs. This way you can protect yourself and start diagnosis for your partner at an early stage avoiding major health complications.
How to get checked 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 them out for our readers. One of our STD testing providers who is a CLIA – Certified also offers an at-home STD test kit at an affordable price across the U.S.
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, check the above table.
- 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.
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