Bacterial Infections of the penis and vagina
Urethral burning and unusual discharge in men and dicharge and discomfort in women can be caused by some bacterial infections that are sexual transmitted. These infections can be passed on and may cause future complications such as infertility. In addition, if you're planning a family, some infections such as streptococcus B are known to cause problems for your unborn child.
If you've had unprotected sex, regardless of whether or not you currently have any symptoms, sexual health testing is important to rule out a range of infections, including bacterial infections. The testing involves either a urine test or a simple swab and if there is a bacterial infection, the treatment is as easy as a course of antibiotics.
We do a full screen for bacterial infections at our London clinics as part of our full sexual health package or as an individual test.
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More information about penile infections / infections affecting the penis:
Not having symptoms does not mean there is no infection - if you've had unprotected sex, there is a chance you have a bacterial or other infection. Some penis infections remain without symptoms for some time.
Signs of an infection, injury or irritation include penis inflammation, soreness, redness, swelling, burning and itching of the penis. If you are not circumcised, the inflammation will take place under the foreskin of the penis. You might also notice a discharge from the tip of the penis or beneath the foreskin. For some men, soreness of the penis or discomfort during sex is another feature of a penile infection. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should get checked out and where needed, obtain treatment.
There are number of different causes and types of infection including:
These infections all have treatment available so do not delay in getting tested to prevent your condition worsening and to prevent transmission to others.
More information about vaginal infections / infections that affect the vagina:
The most common vaginal infection is called bacterial vaginosis, which is caused by an overgrowth of normal Gardnerella bacteria and other bacteria and tends to produce vaginal discharge. If you are experiencing unusual discharge, or if you have had unprotected sex without subsequent symptoms, you should get tests and ensure that, especially as a woman, more serious infections such as chlamydia is excluded. Chlamydia can lead to several health complications including problems getting pregnant. Gonorrhoea is also an infection that can go undiagnosed until it is more serious and can also cause health issues.
You might also be suffering from a yeast infection or a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis.