If you’re a man who is experiencing itching or burning pain in your groin region, you’re probably in a panic imagining that you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. This is certainly a possibility if you are sexually active, and especially if you don’t use condoms every time you have sex (and yes, it only takes one time without a condom to catch a disease). Obviously you need to get to a doctor right away, but in the meantime having a little information about sexually transmitted diseases may help ease your mind.
For one thing, a yeast infection in men is more common than you may realize, and it isn’t necessarily sexually transmitted. Yes, if your partner has been suffering a yeast infection, this could be the cause of your discomfort. However, a yeast infection often develops all on its own even in those who are not sexually active. If you are experiencing burning or itching of the skin in the genital region with an absence of sores or blisters, a yeast infection may be the cause.
On the other hand, if sores that look like pimples or blisters are present, it is more likely you have contracted genital herpes. This is caused by a virus that is spread through skin to skin contact, and contrary to popular belief condoms do not completely prevent herpes. Therefore, even if you have been practicing safe sex you could contract genital herpes. A prescription antiviral medication will clear up the outbreak but you will always carry the virus in your body, and may have occasional outbreaks in the future.
If the problem seems to be more internal, rather than topical (on the skin), you may have a urinary tract infection which will cause a stinging or burning sensation when you urinate. These infections can be caused by sexual activity, but like yeast infections can also develop on their own, so there is no need to place blame here. Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia can also be the cause of painful urination, though, so don’t simply assume you have a run-of-the-mill UTI. Go to a doctor for a diagnosis, and get some antibiotics that will cure your infection quickly. In the future, remember the panic you have been feeling during these symptoms, and be sure to always protect yourself during sex.