If it’s been awhile since your last test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), it could be time to schedule a an appointment with the Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexually transmitted diseases affect more than 19 million people in the United States each year and many diseases show no physical signs of infection. Our men’s healthcare physicians understand that getting tested for STDs can be scary, but it’s the best way to put your mind at ease. Contact our men’s health clinic today to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians!

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When you visit the Men’s Vitality Center for your annual STD testing, one of our certified healthcare physicians will speak with you about your sexual history to gain an understanding of your background. The doctor may also ask you if you have been experiencing any unusual symptoms in the genital or oral area and may want to examine your genital area, oral cavity and rectum. If your doctor comes across any abnormalities, further diagnostic testing may be required. Since not all sexually transmitted diseases can be detected through a genital examination, a blood or urine test may also be required. These tests are especially good at detecting viruses such as HIV and hepatitis, that can have negative systemic effects to the body.

Common STD Symptoms In Men

Did you know that many sexually transmitted diseases are characterized by ambiguous flu-like symptoms? This can make STDs very difficult to identify unless you notice exterior symptoms such as bumps, rashes or itching near the penis or testicles. If you are currently experiencing pain or burning during urination, or you’ve noticed unusual discharge or blisters, you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease and should be checked by a physician immediately. While there are several signs and symptoms of STDs, below are some of the most common.

  • Blisters on or near the penis
  • Yellow, clear or white discharge
  • Painful urination and ejaculation
  • Swelling of the testicles
  • Spots, bumps or lesions around the penis

STD symptoms in men can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to develop, if there are any symptoms at all. Since most men don’t show any physical signs or symptoms, the only way to truly put your mind at ease with STDs is to get tested regularly by a certified physician. Contact the Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe today to schedule an STD test or to learn more about prostate health and men’s internal medicine.