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to understand how we go about investigating them at Open House.

Open House offers you a rapid guide to symptoms that we see in our clinic following sexual contact. It is not designed to be fully comprehensive, rather to give you some background information.

Click on the symptoms you are experiencing to understand how we go about investigating it in Open House.

  • Ulcers in the genital area

    Genital ulcers may or may not be due to a sexually transmitted disease. In fact, if you look at the graph on the right, you will see that normally they are not.

    For a doctor, in order to direct the investigation correctly we need to know more about the ulcer and what it looks like. Here you can find examples of what we mean:

    UlcerInvestigation
    Solitary painless or with a slight itching:Syphilis / Traumatic Ulcers
    Lonely and painful:Herpes / Traumatic Ulcers
    Multiple ulcers and painful:Herpes

    Worried? come to the clinic and tell us about your case - at Open Housewe can help you get the test results you need to ensure your total peace of mind.

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    We are able to differentiate an ulcer which is a sexually transmitted disease from other ulcers in a consultation, because we have the clinical experience and tests available. If you are worried, don't hesitate to call us and make an appointment

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  • Irritation of the head or foreskin of the penis

    Redness of the penis is something we see often in Open House but is almost never associated with a sexually transmitted disease.

    As you can see in the graph, more than 70% of all redness in penises that we have seen is due to fungal infections (thrush) which is not normally a sexually transmitted disease.

    Worried? come to the clinic and tell us about your case - at Open House we can help you get the test results you need to ensure your total peace of mind.

    Fungal infections (thrush):

    At Open House we see many cases of thrush infecting the head of the penis or the foreskin. It’s usually itchy and produces a white paste.

    Often it has happened following sex, but it is not correct to say  that the person caught it during sex. They are usually your own yeasts that have decided to appear and cause infection.

    If you book an appoitment with our doctor we can sort this out for you quickly.

    Allergic reaction and dermatitis

    En cases where the penis goes red after sex this is often an allergic reaction to the bodily fluids of the other person, or spermicides etc.. Similarly, many kinds of dermatitis (excema, psoriasis etc.) as decide to appear randomly in the genital area. Itching or stinging is common but tends not to be overwhelming.

    Other causes and syphilis

    Obviously there are many other causes of this type of symptom and not all of them are due to sexually transmitted disease. There is a rare and peculiar presentation of syphilis that sometimes can produce redness on the penis.

    The only way to be certain of what we are dealing with is to book an appointment with our doctor. As we have said elsewhere in this website, we do have particular interest in syphilis.

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  • Vaginal symptoms

    Vaginal symptoms that we see in Open House include itching, soreness, stinging when peeing, changes in secretions (amount texture or smell) bleeding between periods or painful sex, amongst others. Obviously we may well think first of sexually transmitted diseases.

    Open House it’s not a specialist gynaecological clinic, so we see our task as excluding sexually transmitted diseases first before passing the case on to a specialist.

    Gonorrhoea, chlamydia, mycoplasma, ureaplasma and trichomonas,

    Any of these may be involved. If you would like to read more...

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    If you are still in doubt, come and see us, at Open House we can help you, listen to your case and do relevant tests.

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  • Sore throat

    There are only two sexually transmitted diseases that can infect the throat and cause pharyngitis (gonorrhoea and chlamydia) but in Open House we only see these two infections in about 2% of all cases. As you can see in the graph, cold and flu viruses are the most common cause of this type of symptom.

    In some websites you can read that HIV produces pharyngitis, but as our graph shows, we have never diagnosed this infection in people with a sore throat.

    If you do one of the following searches, you could easily believe that you have HIV, diabetes or leukaemia…

    “diabetes pharyngitis ” or “leukaemia pharyngitis” or “HIV pharyngitis”

    … in other words, Internet can be a source of concern if we’re having sex, if we have a relative with diabetes or if we have lost a friend to leukaemia, and doing the test is what will quash this doubt.

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  • Stinging inside the penis or other urinary symptoms

    Symptoms like stinging inside the penis means that the urethra (the tube inside) is irritated and we call this “dysuria”.

    Dysuria can be caused by sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea or chlamydia (especially if this is accompanied by pus or liquid coming out of the penis) and sometimes mycoplasma, ureaplasma or trichomonas. There are also other causes such as inflammation, trauma etc. You can read more by following our links.

    As you can see in the graph, it’s not true that all cases of dysuria are due to sexually transmitted diseases, but in Open House we do the relevant tests to differentiate one situation from the other.

    Its stings so, I have an irritated urethra and this is due to …

    simple inflammation

    or this inflammation is due to:

    • trauma during sex.
    • brought on by alcohol, coffee, asparagus, stress etc.

    or infection

    we see infection because of:

    • either a sexually transmitted disease.
    • or normal bacterias that are in the urine, prostate or urethra.

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  • Skin rashes

    The only sexually transmitted disease that we see in Open House that produces skin rashes is secondary syphilis.

    Very occasionally we see scabies, a parasitic infection.

    All other skin rashes we have seen in Open House were not due to sexually transmitted infections, as shown in the graph. Despites what you may have read on the Internet that HIV produces rashes, we have never diagnosed this diseases with this symptom.

    We consider our syphilis test to be highly senstive, and so if there is any doubt, we can always do this test to exclude this infection.

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  • Symptoms in the anus or rectum

    Symptoms that you could feel may be from the anus (the outside part and just immediately inside) or in the rectum (deeper inside).

    • – pain or soreness on the outside,
    • – itching, or feeling a lump or something else.

    If you look at the graph, you can see that pain or soreness are the symptoms most likely to be due to a sexually  transmitted infections.

    • – deep pain,
    • – secretions or mucous,
    • – blood,
    • – the need to carry on defaecating even though there is nothing left,

    and these are all linked to sexuall transmitted infections (and especially to gonorrhoea or chlamydia). You can see in our graph on the right that it is very likely that there is an infection if these symptoms are present.

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  • Symptoms of flu or general unwellness

    Many of our clients come to see us becuase they think they are experiencing the early symptoms of HIV (also called seronversion).

    We try to differentiate between three distinct situations: seroconversion symtpoms, flu or cold symptoms or general unwellness caused by stress.

    Symptoms of a cold or fluSeroconversion symptomsStress symptoms
    ChillsChillsChills
    TremblingTremblingTrembling
    MalaiseMalaiseMalaise
    HeadacheHeadacheHeadache
    FeverFeverFever
    Sore throatSore throatSore throat
    Swollen lymphSwollen lymphSwollen lymph
    Muscle pain / joint painMuscle pain / joint painMuscle pain / joint pain
    Runny nose, cough and phlegmRunny nose, cough and phlegmRunny nose, cough and phlegm

    Look at our comparison of these three categories and you’ll see that it is very difficult to distinguish between one thing and the other by the symptoms.

    As can be seen in the first graph these symptoms are almost never due to a sexually transmitted infection.

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