I have a discharge - do I have an STI?

Most girls and women have vaginal discharge during their reproductive years. Discharge is normal if a clear or white liquid comes out of your vagina from time-to-time during your monthly cycle. It may feel a bit wet and sticky, but shouldn’t smell bad. If you have a discharge that has changed recently, smells bad, is brown or creamy in colour, or you have itching or sores around your vagina, you may have an infection and need to seek medical attention.

Different types of vaginal discharges that need medical attention:

• Thrush (Candida)
Thrush is an infection of the vagina that causes itching, as well as a creamy discharge. It is very common. It is not a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) but can be sexually transmitted.

• Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina that causes a watery, bad smelling discharge. Although bacterial vaginosis is not an STI, having many sexual partners as well as cleaning your vagina with strong soaps can put you at risk for this infection.

• Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are STIs that can cause an unusual discharge, or pain when you pee. Sometimes people don't have any symptoms of these STIs. If these infections are not treated they can cause damage to your womb, tubes and ovaries and if untreated may result in infertility.

Seek care as soon as possible if you have any symptoms or if you are concerned!

Not all infections are sexually transmitted, but it is not always easy to tell the difference. It is important that you and your partner see a nurse or a doctor to get tested and treated for all infections. Remember to avoid having unprotected sex until your doctor or nurse has advised you that it is safe to do so!

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Anonymous 10 March 2018 08:16

Wat does a normal healthy discharge smell and look like

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Ano 10 March 2018 08:15

What if you just have a yellowish snot- like discharge without the other symptoms and during ovulution it looks like water and have white spots at the same time.

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vivian 25 April 2016 20:01

Is it true that women take time in detecting an STI than man?and if so,why?

Anonymous 7 April 2016 12:57

I once read on an internet about digestion, is it possible that a human being can live without stomach? And if so, is there anyone in the world who currently live under this situation?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 April 2016 12:24

What an interesting question. Yes you can live withouth a stomach, although this is not common. The whole stomach is sometimes removed as a treatment for stomach cancer this is called a gastrectomy. After a few weeks of recovery, you are able to eat most foods, but may need to eat smaller meals and take dietary supplements.

Maneliza 1 March 2016 08:59

If I treat it and it doesn't go away what must I do then

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2016 22:54

Hi Maneliza Well done for getting treated, sorry that it's not clear yet. Go back to the clinic and tell the nurse or doctor about your symptoms as you may need extra treatment. STIs are spread by having unprotected sex. It is important that your partner is also treated to prevent repeat infection. Using condoms lowers your risk of STIs.