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“Invisible” STDs

When you think about having an STD, what do you think of? Bumpy skin? Red spots? Itchiness? It’s true, these types of symptoms do exist. However, not all STDs are visible to the naked eye. You may be infected with a sexually transmitted disease and not even realize you have it. Here are some of the most common “invisible” diseases that are transmitted through sexual contact. worried about invisible STDs - TEST SMARTLY LABS


This is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, and it can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of chlamydia may not show up until weeks after exposure— or not at all. WebMD says that 75% of women and 50% of men do not show symptoms, which means it can easily be passed from partner to partner without either person realizing it. Chlamydia can cause health problems if left untreated, so get checked regularly.


This sexually transmitted infection is spread during intercourse and usually affects the urinary tract in men, who often don’t show any symptoms. Women may also contract trichomoniasis may experience irritations and inflammation.

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

Most people infected with HSV go through life never knowing they have it, since there are often no symptoms. It’s contracted through small breaks in the skin. If symptoms do occur, there is often only one episode.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

While HPV will cause genital warts on some people, others may never know they have it. A vaccination is available to fight some strains in women, but there is no vaccine for men. HPV can only be treated, not cured.

Many other sexually transmitted diseases don’t always show symptoms, and they don’t always affect people in the same ways. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active. Find an TEST SMARTLY LABS location near you to get tested so you may receive the proper treatment if necessary.



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  1. Comment by LindenGrove on July 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    We all need to be really careful with these STD’s. There is no such thing as “checking too much”.

  2. Comment by Uncle Sam's on July 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Never knew there were so many different types that never showed any signs. Thank you for sharing

  3. Comment by Veggytopia on July 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Its kind of scary to think that these all exist and can show no signs at all.

  4. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cooper City on July 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    It’s important for people to know that they have an STD so that they don’t spread it!

  5. Comment by Daniel C. Miller Attorney on July 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    That is one of the scary things about STDs, most people don’t know they have it until its too late and they’ve already passed it along to someone else.

  6. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Norwalk on July 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    This make me think I need to go get tested just because I could have it and not know, crazy.

  7. Comment by Mayes Plumbing on July 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This is important information to share and be aware of. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Golden Valley on July 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    It’s very important to get yourself tested. If not for yourself than keep in mind the health of the person you’re with. Everyone should know at all times, especially if it can affect your future.

  9. Comment by Voice & Data Systems, Inc. on July 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Wow I did not know you could have them and have not clue. Makes you wonder honestly.

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