Questions related to sexually transmitted infections
1. What are the common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in men?
The symptoms depend on the STI you have. Mostly there will be few, or no symptoms and you might not know you have an STI. If there is risky sexual exposure, go to an STD clinic and get yourself tested. The symptoms of STIs in males are,
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain or burning sensation while urination
- Painful blisters and ulcers around the genitals or anus
- Warts are small, fleshy, mostly painless growths or bumps around the genitals or anus.
- Lumps- Inguinal lymph nodes
- Scrotal pain
27. What is the period we should wait to get an HIV test done following risky sexual exposure? ( Window period)
The only way to find out whether you are infected with HIV or not is to get an HIV test done. There is no test to identify HIV just after infection. There is a time lag between HIV entering the body and when a test can detect the virus or the antibodies developed in the body against the virus. It is called the "window period."
So, if you test too soon, there is a possibility that you may get a falsely negative result. The window period varies according to the test that you are being tested with. The combined antigen-antibody test, which is used in our clinics for screening, can pick up the viral antigen (P24) in 2 to 6 weeks after infection.
But the window period from finger prick rapid detection or oraquick (Saliva) test may take a little longer. Almost every HIV-positive individual has detectable antibodies at 3 months.