Unfortunately, there are quite a few STDs out there that result in itchy balls.
The good news is that many of them are curable, and the ones that aren’t can still be treated pretty effectively.
If you have any suspicion that you’ve picked up an STD, you need to get tested immediately. If you’re too embarrassed to go see your doctor (or are simply strapped for time) you might want to consider a home std test.
This article is in no way intended to be a complete guide to STDs, but hopefully it’ll give you a rough idea of what to look for. The only real way to know for sure if you’ve got something brewing is to get off your butt and get tested. Don’t make it worse and don’t put others at risk.
Genital herpes is caused by Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). It occurs in one out of nine men, aged 14 to 49. It appears as one or more painful blisters on or around the genitals, rectum, and mouth. Herpes can be transmitted by touching the blister or fluid from the blister.
Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which thrives in warm, moist areas of a guy’s urine canal. It is common in young people, aged 15-24 years of age.
Although a person with gonorrhea may not exhibit any symptoms, the disease often causes a burning sensation when urinating along with a white, yellow, or greenish discharge.
Formally known as condyloma, genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). It appears as a small fleshy bump or group of bumps on the penile shaft and perianal area, although you probably know this region as the taint.
The bumps may be small or large or shaped like a cauliflower. It’s possible for an infected person not to feel or notice any symptoms, but when the warts become enlarged they cause itching, burning, and discharge.
This STD is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. It is one of the most commonly reported STD in the US.
Chlamydia is referred to as a “silent infection” since roughly 50% of those infected do not have symptoms.
When symptoms do manifest, it usually involved discharge from the penis or a burning sensation when urinating. Pain and itching will also typically occur in the penis area.
Pubic Lice (Crabs)
Pubic lice are an parasitic infestation caused by a louse known as Phthirus pubis.
Pubic lice are 1-2mm long and tan or brown in color. They attach their claws to the public hair and other hairy areas of the body, allowing them to safely enjoy regular blood meals as you go about your day.
They cause intense scratching that can lead to sores and bacterial infection. Lice infestation occurs worldwide and common among adults. Aside from being transmitted sexually, it can also be contracted through personal contact with infected clothing and articles.
Caused by a parasite. It is more common in adult women than men. Like chlamydia, this is another disease that frequently doesn’t show any symptoms.
It affects the urethra, a tube that allows the passage of urine. There may be itching inside the penis, burning sensation when urinating or ejaculating, and discharge from the penis.
Scabies are caused by infestation caused by a mite, Sarcoptes scabei, which burrows itself on the upper layer of the skin. It occurs worldwide, in all races and social classes. Scabies presents with generalized rash and itching specifically of the fingers, waistline, umbilicus, and penis.