After being exposed to an STD, when will a male start having symptoms?

by Rachel on November 1, 2010

Is 3-4 months too long for a guy to just now start showing symtpoms of an STD like gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, etc. if he contracted it months ago? Like if he started getting discharge would that be because of an STD he caught months ago? Cause I heard guys show symptoms very fast. Please no answers like it can take months because after being infected you’ll start to have symptoms, i know from experience.

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rj November 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Just because yo don’t see it doesn’t mean you can’t get it from him. Use a condom . . . every time.

mikenusaf November 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Depends on the STD.


Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, some men have signs or symptoms that appear two to five days after infection; symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear. Symptoms and signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.


Chlamydia is known as a “silent” disease because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.


Primary Stage
The primary stage of syphilis is usually marked by the appearance of a single sore (called a chancre), but there may be multiple sores. The time between infection with syphilis and the start of the first symptom can range from 10 to 90 days (average 21 days). The chancre is usually firm, round, small, and painless. It appears at the spot where syphilis entered the body. The chancre lasts 3 to 6 weeks, and it heals without treatment. However, if adequate treatment is not administered, the infection progresses to the secondary stage.

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