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Vaginal STD, Often Confused with vaginal infection

Vaginal STDs appearing on and around female genitals are as follows

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes type 2 or HSV2.

As a sexually active woman, the worst feeling is when you realize that there is an itching sensation in your privates. The first thought that touches your mind is, is that an STD or just a sore. If an STD what type? How will I tell this to my partner? etc. Things could be more dreadful for a person who had just begun to have sex after a long period or if you are in a new relationship.

How to identify if warts, marks or itching is due to Vaginal STD or an infection?

To answer this question, it is important to understand how different STDs appears on the vagina.

1. a) Primary Syphilis: Vaginal symptoms


Primary Chancre-Female: A solitary, painless chancre with a clean base in a patient with primary syphilis

Syphilis is a caused by the spirochetes or bacteria called Treponema pallidum. It’s also known just syphilis infection. It is most commonly spread by oral sex, vaginal sex, and anal sex. But, it’s actually very easily spread by oral sex which is not that similar to other STDs.

Other signs of Primary Syphilis

  • First signs of syphilis
  • Mostly painless
  • Ulcer or “chancre”
  • Anywhere on the body, where you come in contact with your sexual partner

b) Secondary Syphilis: Vaginal symptoms


Condyloma Lata: Typical appearance of the verrucous, heaped up lesions of condyloma lata, a manifestation of secondary syphilis

A secondary stage where the syphilis is more evident comes between 2 to 6 months after infection.

Other signs of Secondary syphilis

    • Rashes: You most commonly get a rash on the soles of your feet and the palms of your hand. It is the classic place to give a syphilitic rash. You also get a pink and fading rash on your torso or your chest.
    • Headache, dizziness and hearing problem: You may develop headaches because of a secondary neurosyphilis or dizziness or hearing the problems.
    • Swollen lymph glands: You may have swollen lymph glands under your arms or in your throat

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2. Gonorrhea: Vaginal STD


Female Urethritis Gonococcal urethritis in a female patient.

STI caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhea. Obviously, the most common ways are to oral sex vagina sex and anal sex. In women are most common and unusual of the vaginal discharge many women have a vaginal discharge

b) Cervix in an Asymptotic Gonorrhea patient


This is especially surprising as the cervix of a Gonorrhea patient who has no signs outside can be so friable. Cervicitis Endocervical purulent exudate in an asymptotic patient with gonococcal cervicitis. The cervix is very friable.


Bartholin’s Cyst Enlarged, fluctuant, tender Bartholin’s abscess of the labia, usually a result of Gonorrhea.

  • It an unusual discharge for you so is it yellow or is it greenish there would be common colors of a discharge due to gonorrhea.
  • Bleeding they may have bleeding during after sex or in between their periods.
  •  Pain during sex
  •  Pelvic pain so this is the area around or beneath your belly button down to around your vagina. This could be a dull ache or can be a sharp stabbing pain.
  • In case of anal sex: Discharge from the anal area
  • In case of oral sex: a Sore throat

3. Chlamydia: Vaginal STD

Mucopurulent Cervicitis from clamydia Infection

Chlamydia, a highly asymptotic STD, especially among women, showing no signs what so ever during the initial stage but on its cervix. Mucopurulent Cervicitis from chlamydia Infection

Chlamydia is one of the most commonly and sexually transmitted infections in the world. It’s also one of the most common and infections that we find diagnosed.

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease and it’s caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. It’s incredibly easily transmitted and it can be transmitted to oral anal or vaginal sex and to skin-to-skin contact.

More Symptoms of Chlamydia for women

  • No symptoms :Chlamydia, unfortunately,y the problem with chlamydia for women is that most women don’t have any symptoms.
  • Unusual discharge : A discharge from the vagina and like geysers can be green or yellow or white but just it’s abnormal.
  • Abnormal bleeding: So bleeding after sex is it is a warning sign for chlamydia or bleeding in between your periods is an abnormal is a warning sign for chlamydia
  • Pelvic pain : So the pelvis is the area kind of below the belly button so women may have cramping pain down there or a dull aching pain and we call that pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex



In prepubertal girls, chlamydia it can cause a mild vaginal discharge and odor(called vaginitis); In postpubertal women, it can cause an off-white discharge and infected cervix. In women, it can be especially dangerous because it can silently linger  for months and progress to Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID)

3.Herpes: Vaginal STD


Recurrent lesions: Female Solitary, minimally painful lesion of recurrent genital herpes

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of Herpes HSV1(oral)  & HSV2 (genital).  Genital Herpes happens after about two to five days after sexual exposure due to Oral, anal and vaginal sex,

primary-genital herpes

Primary Lesion: Multiple coalescing superficial ulceration of primary genital herpes

b) Herpes: vaginal STD cervix


Cervix erosive ulcerations of the cervix in a patient with genital herpes infection. This patient is completely asymptotic (no signs on the body) and may transmit the disease.

Symptoms of Herpes

During the outbreak, you have Painful fluid-filled blisters. So you get these tiny looking yellow our green fluid-filled blisters around the side of contact so that can be around the anus area or anal area around the vagina area.

Besides the painful blister, you can also have the following

  • Cold or Flu
  • Muscle aches
  • Pain during urination
  • Painful/unusual discharge
  • Pain during sex


When do symptoms of STD start? or what is the detection period of STD?

Let’s have an STD incubation period chart which answers the time it takes for an STDs to show up or if STD symptoms appear immediately or the next day?

Sr. No Type of STD tests Immediate detection time-frame Detection period Re-test required after treatment in:
1 Chlamydia (urine test) 1 day to 5 days Possible Detection – Within the first week
Most Likely Detection – 2 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 4 Weeks
2 weeks
2 Gonorrhea (urine test) 2 to 7 days Possible Detection – Within the first week
Most Likely Detection – 1-2 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 2-3 Weeks
2 weeks
3 Syphilis 3 to 6 weeks Possible Detection – 3-4 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12 Weeks
12 weeks
4 Hepatitis A 2 to 7 weeks Possible Detection – 2-3 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 3-6 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 6-7 Weeks
Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
5 Hepatitis B 3 to 6 weeks Possible Detection – 3-6 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6-10 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12 Weeks
Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
6 Hepatitis C 8-9 Weeks Possible Detection – 7-8 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6-9 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 10-12 Weeks
after 12 weeks
7 HIV (antibody test) 4 to 12 weeks Possible Detection – 4 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 4-6 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12 Weeks
Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
8 HIV (RNA test) 9 to 11 days Highest Accuracy – 9 to 11 days Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
9 Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 (HSV1, HSV2): 2 to 4 weeks Possible Detection – 2-4 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6-12 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12-16 Weeks
12 weeks

What are the Symptoms of Vaginal Infections other than STD? What are the types of vaginal infections?

This is tricky as some vaginal infections may appear as STD. Thus, creating a panic situation, unnecessarily. There are mainly three types of vaginal infections which may appear as STDs. The only way to be sure if it is actually an STD or an injection is to get tested for STD near you. But there are some ways you can possibly detect the difference between the two. So lets get started.

The types of vaginal infections are as follows

  • Vaginitis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Bacterial Vaginosis


The Vaginitis is a medical term that is used to refer to any infection or inflammation of the vagina. The symptoms of vaginitis are common and most women will have at least one form of the Genesis in their lifetime. Even though the Genesis is so common, many women know little about it. The term yeast infection is what most women think of when they hear the word for vaginitis. However, a yeast infection is only one kind of vaginal infection. Vaginitis can be caused by several different organisms. Sometimes at the same time, as well as by hormonal changes, allergies or irritations.

The symptoms of vaginitis are as follows

  • A feeling of heat and fullness in the vagina
  • a dragging feeling in the Kamui
  • increased urinary frequency and vaginal discharge that is leukorrhea. The clear or a white secretion becomes pure orange and yellow.

The severity of leukorrhea depends upon the degree of bacterial infection. Abnormal vaginal discharge is the most common symptom in bacterial virginities. Mild irritation or burning of the vulva and vagina often without itching or redness. Thin watery discharge often with an unpleasant odor grayish white or yellow in color and heavier than usual. In yeast infection, odorless thick white discharge burning and itching sensation. Itching and or irritation of the genital region redness in the perineal area. The area between vagina and anal sphincter redness of the labia majora and labia minora. Sometimes redness in these areas can be hidden by pubic hair.

Bacterial Vaginosis

In Bacterial vaginosis, you may develop a greyish white foul-smelling discharge. The patient often described as fish-like may be more obvious after sexual intercourse. Yeast infections the main symptom is edging but you may have a white thick discharge that resembles cottage cheese.

This infection can cause a greenish yellow sometimes frothy discharge. Symptoms of a yeast infection associated with virginities. It may include whitish grey discharge that may be very thick or thin and watery. Itching burning and irritation of the vagina area, Itching, burning and irritation of the vulva area of skin around the vagina the symptoms may vary with the cause. Although most are characterized by a discharge, odor irritation and origin yeast infections involve genital etching and a thick white vagina discharged while bacterial vaginosis involves a thin grey vaginal discharge in a fishy odor.


Trichomonas vagina infection, on the other hand, leads to genital itching, a vagina loader and a heavy vaginal discharge which may be yellow-grey or green in color. However, symptoms may not always be present or not always noticed. For example, nearly half of the women with clinical signs of bacterial vaginosis report no symptoms. Any woman can get vaginitis or inflammation of the vagina. The normal environment of the vagina is acidic which helps to prevent overgrowth of organisms that can cause vaginitis. When disruption of the lining occurs due to extreme stress or antibiotic use, women may develop vaginitis. There are different types of vaginitis the most common are yeast of a gen IDUs a bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis.

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