Teens: STI Symptoms in Boys
STI stands for sexually transmitted
infection. This means the infection is spread during sexual activity. Viral causes
include hepatitis B, herpes, HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Bacterial causes
chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. STIs can infect the genitals, mouth, and anus.
spread inside the body and harm the reproductive organs. This can may cause a person
sterile. Sterile means you can’t be a biological parent.
Boys and men may have fewer symptoms of STIs than girls and women. Pay
attention to your body. Learn what’s normal for you, and have any symptoms checked
STIs can only be prevented by not having sex (abstinence). Proper use of condoms (male
female) can help prevent STIs, but not fully.
What are the symptoms of STIs?
Common symptoms may include:
Discharge (fluid) or a drip
from the penis or rectum, which can be yellow, white, green, or clear
Burning, pain, or bleeding
when you pee or when you move your bowels
Sores, warts, or blisters on,
in, or around the mouth, genitals, or rectum
Lumps or bumps on your
Itching on or around your
genitals or rectum
Pain in your genitals or
What you can do
Keep in mind: You may not have any symptoms. So get checked
(screened) if you’re at risk for STIs. Talk to your healthcare provider, school nurse,
campus clinic, or local health department for help.
Talk with your partner(s) about STIs and testing. If you have an STI,
you will need to encourage your partner(s) to be treated. Otherwise they can pass
infection back to you, or on to others. But it’s important you feel it’s safe to have
this talk. If you’re afraid how your partner may react when you talk about testing,
don’t talk face-to-face. Instead, send a text, email, or call. Ask for help before
do this if you feel you’re not safe and your partner might hurt you.