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How Long does It Take for Symptoms of STI to Appear?

How Long does It Take for Symptoms of STI to Appear?


It takes different durations for STIs to show symptoms. Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections are various depending on the infection.

Sometimes, STIs may not even show symptoms. Some of them only have very few symptoms, and may not seem so abnormal. If you find these symptoms, visit your nearest private STD clinic in London.


Chlamydia does not usually show symptoms until after the 1st to 3rd-week post-exposure. Some people with chlamydia may not even have symptoms until much later. These symptoms include

  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Painful urination
  • In women, pelvic pain
  • Some men may experience pains in their testicles
  • Vaginal bleeding during or after sex, or in between periods

The symptoms of chlamydia are not so common. More men will have symptoms than women. 50% of men do not have symptoms. Meanwhile, it is up to 70% for women. You can book a test for chlamydia wit us

Genital herpes 

The symptoms of this condition may take between 4 to 7 days after exposure before they appear. However, some may not appear until after many months or years. Some of these symptoms include

  • Small blisters on the genitals which may be painful
  • Painful urination
  • An itchy or tingling sensation around the genitals

During the first infection, the patient may not have any symptom at all. However, after subsequent infections, the symptoms will start to appear.

Genital warts 

Different viruses cause genital warts. And some of them may take up to 3 weeks or months, or even years before they show symptoms. They include

  • Small spots of fleshy growth around the anus or on the genitals. They are usually not painful and may be slightly itchy.

Not everyone with genital wart-causing viruses has symptoms. Some of the viruses may clear away, while others hang around and develop into more severe illnesses.


Some people usually experience the symptoms of gonorrhoea within two weeks of infection. However, some may have delayed symptoms. Some of these symptoms include

  • Painful urination
  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis. It may be yellowish or green in colour.

The symptoms of gonorrhoea are more common in men than in women. 10%  of men with the infection do not experience symptoms, and women about 50% of them do not have the symptoms too. You can book a test for gonorrhoea wit us.

Pubic lice 

Symptoms of pubic lice usually don't appear until after many weeks. Men and women typically experience the same symptoms, and they include

  • Itchiness of the affected area which may become worse at night.
  • Black powder in the underwear
  • Irritation and inflammation as a result of scratching
  • Small spots on the thigh or lower tummy which is caused by the bite of the lice. These spots may be blue or look like little spots of blood.


People infected with scabies for the first time may take up to six weeks before they experience symptoms. However, those already experienced may need only four days before their symptoms occur. These symptoms are

  • Spotty red rashes
  • Itching on the genitals which get worse at night


Symptoms appear after 2 to 3 weeks post-exposure,  but some people may experience theirs either later or earlier. These symptoms are

  • Some painless sores or ulcers on the genitals
  • Blotchy rash and some symptoms of flu may follow after a week or more

Most of these symptoms are often not obvious or disturbing, and they do not last for very long.


The symptoms of HIV usually appear within the first two to six weeks after exposure. Some of them include

  • Symptoms of flu-like sore throat, headaches, fever, and pain in the muscle or joint.
  • A red rash on the body

The symptoms of HIV are not common for everybody, however people who get the symptoms only experienced them for one or two weeks.

When the symptoms disappear, a person with the virus may not have other symptoms for years, even when they still carry the infection. You can book an early HIV test with us.


People usually start getting their symptoms of trichomoniasis within the first four weeks of exposure. However, the signs may delay until after many months. Some of these symptoms include

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Itchiness of the opening of the vagina. Some may occur as discomforts 

The symptoms are not so common as more than half of the people who are infected do not have them.

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