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STD Pictures

Pictures of sexually transmitted diseases

These STD pictures are intended to give information about STD symptoms for educational purposes and are not a replacement for medical diagnosis. If you are worried you might have an STD it is always essential to seek medical advice, even if your symptoms do not look like the pictures displayed here. For more information see our introduction to STDs.

Genital warts pictures

                       Genital warts on the vagina                               Genital warts around the anus                                                                                          

             Genital warts on the vagina                     Genital warts around the anus    


                        Genital warts on the penis                               Genital warts on the penis                                                  

                 Genital warts on the penis                       Genital warts on the penis

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Genital warts are symptoms of an STD passed on through skin contact during sexual intercourse. Warts are caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which has many different strains, not all of which produce symptoms. Warts can develop on the entrance to and inside the vagina, on the cervix, on the penis or around the anus. Warts can develop as flat smooth growths that are slightly raised, cauliflower shaped lumps, or very small pinkish or white lumps.

Genital herpes pictures

                        Genital herpes on the penis                                Genital herpes on the penis                               

             Genital herpes on the penis                       Genital herpes on the penis


                       Genital herpes on the penis                                 Genital herpes on the outside of the vagina

            Genital herpes on the penis       Genital herpes on the outside of the vagina

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Genital herpes is an STD that is also passed on through skin contact, usually during sexual intercourse. Herpes may cause itching or tingling sensations in the genital or anal area, as well as small fluid-filled blisters that burst leaving small painful sores. These open sores can cause pain when passing urine over them (especially in women). Other symptoms of herpes might be headaches, backache and flu-like symptoms, including swollen glands or fever.

Crabs, scabies and molluscum contagiosum pictures

               Crabs on pubic hair                 Scabies around the penis               Molluscum contagiosum papules         

           Crabs on pubic hair    Scabies around the penis     Molluscum contagiosum papules                

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Crabs, scabies and molluscum contagiosum are not strictly STDs, as they are all infections that can be passed on through direct skin contact as well as sexual contact.

Crabs, or pubic lice, are small parasites that burrow into the skin to feed on blood. They live on coarse body hair such as pubic hair, but can also be found in armpit hair, facial hair and even on eyelashes.

Scabies is an intensely itchy, contagious skin infestation of parasitic mites. A rash of inflamed pimple-like lumps appears as an allergic reaction to the mites, their eggs and faeces.

Molluscum contagiosum, or MCV, also known as water warts, causes pearl-shaped papules (bumps or lesions) on the skin. The papules are filled with a white fluid that is very contagious. MCV often occurs in children, especially those prone to skin conditions such as eczema.

Gonorrhea pictures

           Gonnorhea symptoms affecting the penis               Gonnorhea symptoms affecting the penis              Vaginal gonnorhea symptoms                                                                

                         Gonnorhea symptoms on the penis                          Vaginal gonnorhea symptoms

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Gonorrhea is an STD that affects both men and women. It can infect the cervix, urethra, rectum, anus and throat, although some people who become infected with gonorrhea will experience no symptoms.

Women may experience a change in vaginal discharge, a burning sensation or pain whilst passing urine, or irritation and/or discharge from the anus. Symptoms for men may include a white or yellow discharge from the penis, a burning sensation or pain whilst passing urine, and irritation and/or discharge from the anus.

Sebaceous glands and penile papules pictures

                        Sebaceous glands on the penis                               Penile papules                                             

                  Sebaceous glands on the penis                         Penile papules

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Sebaceous glands and penile papules are often mistaken for STDs, but they are not sexually transmitted. Sebaceous glands are usually attached to hair follicles, but can also appear on hairless areas of the body, such as the penis. The glands release a fatty substance called sebum onto the surface of the skin, which may give the appearance of a rash.

Pearly penile papules are often mistaken for genital warts but are in fact a physical variation found in many men. Papules appear around the head of the penis as small, dome-shaped bumps, which may be skin-coloured.

Syphilis pictures

                        Syphilis symptoms on the penis                               Syphilis symptoms on the penis                                                   

        Syphilis symptoms on the penis                      Syphilis symptoms on the penis


                         Syphilis around the vagina                             Secondary syphilis around the vagina and anus

               Syphilis around the vagina           Secondary syphilis around the vagina and anus

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Syphilis is a slowly progressing STD that has several stages. Symptoms of the primary stage include the appearance of painless ulcers (know as chancres) at the place where the syphilis bacteria entered the body. Chancres are highly infectious, and are usually found on the vulva (outside the vagina) or on the cervix (neck of the womb) in women. They can also appear on the penis in men and around the anus and mouth in both sexes.

Symptoms of secondary stage syphilis may include a flu-like illness, a non-itchy rash, patchy hair loss, and flat, warty-looking growths on the vulva in women, and around the anus in both sexes. Untreated syphilis can progress to the tertiary stage, which can cause serious long-term problems.


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