5 STDs You Could Have Without Even Knowing It

Learning you have an STD is the last thing you want to hear. Even worse is being unaware you’ve contracted one in the first place. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility, as some STDs show few or no symptoms at all. Knowing is better than not knowing, and the only way to find out is by getting tested. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you’ll be able to begin treatment.

Here are five STDs you could have without even knowing it.

1. Chlamydia

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Chlamydia is one STD you could have without knowing. | iStock.com/SIphotography

Caused by bacteria passed during sexual contact, chlamydia often has no symptoms. Which makes sense, seeing as Planned Parenthood says 70% to 95% of women and 90% of men who have chlamydia are asymptomatic. People who do have symptoms, though, typically see them within five to seven days after infection. Symptoms in women can include vaginal bleeding, discharge, and pain during sex, and in men, swollen testicles and pain during urination.

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