Posted by Asiimwe Eunice

What kind of infection is it when one starts seeing stuff in her knicker which seems to be in a mucus form, sometimes spoilt milk.


Hi Eunice, thanks for writing to us.

There are different types of infections and some of them have similar symptoms. The best way to know which infection one has is by getting tested. You need to also understand the difference between STI and STD.

What's the difference between an STI and an STD? You've got a sexually transmitted infection (STI) when you've been infected by a bacteria, virus or parasite through having unprotected sex. If the infection goes on to cause symptoms, such as unusual discharge from your penis or vagina, you've got a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Generally speaking, the only difference between an STI and an STD is whether you've got symptoms. Either way, you still have an infection that you can pass on to someone else.

acterial STDs are caused by bacteria: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis.

Viral STDs are caused by a virus. Genital warts (human papillomavirus, HPV), Genital herpes (herpes simplex virus, HSV-1,HSV-2), Water warts (molluscum contagiosum), Hepatitis B, HIV (which causes AIDS).

Parasitic STDs are caused by parasites: Trichomoniasis (Trich), Pubic lice, Scabies.

The most common signs of STD in women are:
Pain when you urinate
Pain when you have sex
Bleeding in between your periods or when you've had sex
Yellow, green, or bloody vaginal discharge .

The best thing you could do is visit a hospital for testing and treatment.
Strong vaginal odour
Itchy labia, vulva, or pubic hair
Anal discharge
Bumps, sores, warts or blisters on the genitals or anus area
Abdominal pain