Last Updated on June 4, 2020 by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Are you looking for STD pictures?
Do you have what you think might be visible STD symptoms and you’d like to take a look at some STD photos to determine if you should get tested? Then, this is a good place to start, but whatever you do, please don’t stop here.
The STI Project has compiled a list of STD pictures to help you compare your signs and symptoms to other’s pictures, because we get that that’s the first thing everyone does when you notice something out of the ordinary.
However, The STI Project is not including actual photos on our site itself (we link to a PDF with photos), because there are some very big caveats one must take into consideration before looking through photos.
- It is VERY important one does not attempt to diagnose themselves via looking at pictures alone!
- I cannot stress this enough – you MUST see a health care professional before taking over-the-counter medicine (lest you make your condition worse) and before deciding on what you do or don’t have. I don’t care if the STD picture you see is the spitting image of your genitals; you absolutely must make sure a medical professional agrees with your assumptions before you take anything, before you engage in sexual activities with someone else, and before you make up your mind about your STD status.
Moving on. Physiologically, we are all different; therefore, one person’s symptoms can look entirely different from another person’s. It is incredibly common to not experience symptoms at all with any of the STDs you may have been exposed to – so, just because what’s on your body does not resemble what’s in the STD photos, it does not mean you are STD negative, and it does mean you do not have what is listed under those STD pictures!
What you see in those photos are just general pictures of STDs and is not at all inclusive to all bodies all the time. Some STD symptoms are much more mild, some can be worse, some don’t show symptoms at all, some mimic others – again, this depends entirely on your own unique physiology and the infection itself.
Lastly, only some of the large list of STDs provided by The STI Project are linked with STD pictures. The other STDs are STDs which produce very few external symptoms (ones visible on the skin) or are not detectable visually.
So, do not stop here. Use this as a reference, and then see a medical professional.
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Did you use the pictures to help identify STD symptoms, and was your assumption correct? Are there times when pictures have been helpful or when you wish you would have had a better visual reference? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!