In most cases, gonorrhea has no symptoms. If left untreated, the disease can spread to the uterus (fallopian tubes) in women and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. In rare cases, it can lead to infertility in men and miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that causes round, painless sores in the genital area, anus, and sometimes on the lips and mouth.
If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious problems, including brain damage, paralysis, and blindness. While the biggest problem we see in patients who have untreated herpes is pain, open sores can also increase the risk of other infections. The idea of getting tested may seem scary, but try to relax. Most common STDs can be easily cured with medication.
In addition, STDs that cannot be cured are often treated to relieve symptoms and reduce the chance of transmitting the STI to another person. So, the sooner you know you have an STI, the sooner you can start caring for yourself and your partner (s). It's very important to get tested if you've had unprotected sexual contact or if you discover that your partner has an STI.