Men often find it difficult to talk about STDs and sexual health. But it’s important to have an open, honest conversation with your healthcare provider about any symptoms you are experiencing. Recognizing common symptoms of STD infections and understanding how to prevent the transmission of STDs is critical to your health and that of your partner. This article will explain how to recognize STD symptoms in men and possible causes. For additional information, the Mayo Clinic maintains a valuable STD resource library on their website to help recognize and prevent STDs.
1. Blisters On and Around the Penis
Small red bumps, blisters or open sores in the genital area are a common symptom of genital herpes. Genital herpes is a highly contagious STD produced by the herpes simplex virus. It usually causes itching before the appearance of bumps or blisters. Genital herpes in men can appear on the penis, scrotum, thighs, or anus. This can be accompanied by soreness or tenderness in those areas. In some cases genital herpes can disappear and never recur, while other times recurrences can go on for years.