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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (cont.)

Other STD Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of STDs caused by protozoan


  • Frothy vaginal discharge with a strong odor
  • Treated with antibacterial/antiprotozoal medicines

Symptoms of STDs* caused by fungi*

Jock itch (genital itching or Tenia cruris)* (not always an STD)

  • Itchy groin skin, sometimes has a reddish color
  • Is treated with topical antifungal medicines

Yeast infection (Candidiasis)* (not always an STD)

  • Cheese-like vaginal discharge or whitish exudates sometimes with a reddish hue to the skin; it may occur around the foreskin of infected males; common symptoms are itching and burning sensation of the vagina or penis.
  • Is treated either with topical or oral antifungal medicines.

Symptoms of STDs caused by parasites

Pubic lice

  • Very tiny bugs that are found in pubic hair, sometimes referred to as "crabs"
  • Can be picked up from clothing or bedding
  • First noticed as itching in the pubic area
  • Are treatable with creams, anti-lice agents, and combing


  • Skin infestation caused by a tiny mite
  • Highly contagious
  • Intense itching is the primary symptom, which worsens at night
  • Spread primarily by sexual contact or from contact with skin, infested sheets, towels, or furniture
  • Is treated with creams
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2015

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