Prompt treatment can help prevent the complications of some STIs. Because many people in the early stages of an STI experience no symptoms, screening for STIs is important in preventing complications.

Possible complications include:

  • Sores or bumps anywhere on the body
  • Recurrent genital sores
  • Generalized skin rash
  • Scrotal pain, redness and swelling
  • Pelvic pain
  • Hair loss
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Eye inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Infertility
  • Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers
Aug. 19, 2014