Many sexually transmitted diseases exhibit symptoms that affect your skin, so it’s not surprising that many men and women first learn they have an STD when they visit their dermatologist to find answers about changes in their skin.
Herpes simplex virus
This disease leads to painful sores on your mouth or genitals. Herpes is caused by a virus, and while there is no cure, there are ways to manage the disease and reduce the risk of passing it along to a partner.
These skin growths are caused by several strains of human papillomavirus. Most cases aren’t painful, but genital warts can be unsightly.
This disease is very common, and it can spread to your eyes if you touch an infected area and then rub your eyes or the surrounding skin.
This infection starts with a small, painless sore at the spot where the infection entered your body, usually on your genitals or rectum. Left untreated, a rash can spread all over your body, and if still untreated, it can cause damage to your internal organs later, with potentially life-threatening consequences.
Many STDs can cause a rash, sores, or other symptoms in the visible portion of your skin. It’s important to come in for a diagnostic exam any time you notice changes. STD screening is fast and straightforward, and treatment can begin the same day.