How Long Does It Take For STD Symptoms to Appear or Be Detected on a Test?
The average time from exposure to the first symptom is 4 days. However, some people may have symptoms within 24 hours. If you are infected with any type of STDs (Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia) then chances are that you will experience at least one or two symptoms before you get tested. These symptoms include:
Fatigue – You feel tired and weak. Your energy level drops and your concentration suffers. You might even fall asleep during the day!
Headache – A headache is common with all STDs. This symptom usually occurs 2-3 days after infection. Headaches can range from mild to severe and they can last anywhere between 1-4 weeks depending upon the severity of the infection. Some people experience headaches only when exposed to certain types of bacteria, while others never get them at all.
Muscle Pain – Your muscles ache all over. This can range from a mild soreness to severe pain. The pain is usually present all over your body, but it can be more prominent in one area than the other. You experience weakness and fatigue because of this.
Swollen Lymph Nodes – Anytime an infection occurs, your body responds by increasing the size of the lymph nodes that fight off the infection. Some of these nodes become so big, they can be felt through the skin. Other times these swollen nodes cannot be felt, but they can be seen when you examine your body.
Rash – This symptom only occurs in cases of genital herpes and syphilis. The rash is never itchy or painful. Sometimes it can be more prominent on one area of the body rather than another. It can appear in different forms as well. These include: Small red bumps that resemble pimples or spider bites Large, solid red patches that cover large areas Round, painless sores that occur on the genitals and surrounding areas
Other Symptoms – All three of these STDs are very similar. Other symptoms can range anywhere between mild and severe.
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