That itch in your butt? It may not just be a harmless rash. When you think of sexually transmitted infections , symptoms like vaginal itching and pelvic pain probably come to mind. But the same STIs that threaten your health down below can infect other body areas. They're typically transmitted through oral sex or anal sex, but some can be picked up after direct skin contact. The scary thing about getting an STI in another part of your body is that you're less likely to recognize signs, so you don't seek the right treatment—and the infection potentially gets worse. Here are four body areas other than your vagina that can play host to an STI, plus the symptoms to look for. You already know that genital herpes can spread to your lips if you have oral sex with someone who has this STI. What you may not know is that the same type of herpes that shows up below the belt can infect other parts of your face, such as around your mouth, Amesh Adalja, MD, an infectious disease physician and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Health. Herpes can also appear on your tongue or nose.
Anal chlamydia and gonorrhea are here to debunk the common myth that when sexually transmitted diseases strike, your vagina will let you know. Here, a quick primer on what to look for, plus some essential tips on how to stay safe. One STD that can present anally is herpes , an extremely common infection caused by either the herpes simplex 1 or herpes simplex 2 virus. The latter is usually but not always behind genital herpes, which affects around 1 out of every 6 people between the ages of 14 and 49, while around two-thirds of the global population under 50 has HSV
Common sexually transmitted bacterial organisms may affect the anorectum and perianal skin. While some of these infections are a result of contiguous spread from genital infection, most result from receptive anal intercourse. Polymicrobial infection is common and there is overlap in symptoms caused by the organisms that may infect the anorectum. This article addresses the most common bacterial organisms that are sexually transmitted and affect the anorectum. It includes discussions of gonorrhea, campylobacter, chlamydia, shigella, chancroid, granuloma inguinale, and syphilis.
Jenness supervised the study, conceptualized and conducted the analysis, and led the writing. Begier and A. Neaigus helped to conceptualize the analysis and assisted with the writing. Murrill, T. Wendel, and H. Hagan supervised the study and assisted with the writing.