Lumps feel like unusual 3-D masses within the testicle or testicles. When paired with other symptoms like swelling, pain and redness, an infection may be the culprit. If the testicular lump is the only sign present, the cause may be injury, inflammation or a mass formation.
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One of the main concerns regarding lumps and bumps on testicles is whether or not they could be caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s important to note that while some STDs can cause testicular swelling, this is not always the case. Testicular cancer, for example, often presents as a lump or bump on one or both testicles. Other less-serious conditions, such as epididymal cysts or spermatoceles, may also cause bumps on the testicles. If you are concerned about lumps and bumps in your testicles, it is always best to consult your physician.
Your physician will be able to determine if the lump or bump is due to an STD and, if so, provide treatment. They may also recommend other treatments depending on the cause of the lump or bump. Suppose you experience pain along with your lumps and bumps on your testicles. In that case, getting tested or seeing a medical professional as soon as possible is vital for further investigation.
In summary, lumps and bumps on testicles can have many causes, including STDs, but it’s always best to get tested right away for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two more common STDs that can cause a lump on a testicle. Other STDs such as syphilis, HPV, HIV, and hepatitis B can also cause lumps or bumps on the testicles. It is important to get tested for all of these STDs if you have had unprotected sex in order to rule out any potential infections. Additionally, it is important to use protection during sexual activity to reduce your risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. If you do experience lumps or bumps on your testicles, always see your doctor right away for an accurate diagnosis.
Chlamydia is the most common STD to cause a lump in the testicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia is among the most commonly reported STDs in the United States. It is especially common among young people aged 15-24. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to extremely serious complications such as infertility and an increased risk of HIV transmission. In terms of causing a lump in the testicle, this is possible but rare. Chlamydia can cause epididymitis, which is an inflammation of the tube that carries sperm from the testicles, and this can lead to a lump or swelling in the testicle area. However, this only occurs in about 2% of men with chlamydia infections.
Gonorrhea is the second most common STD to cause a lump in the testicle. It is relatively common for gonorrhea to cause a bump in the testicle, known as epididymitis. According to the CDC, there were over 550,000 reported cases of gonorrhea in the United States in 2019. Of those cases, approximately 10% were reported to have epididymitis.
Epididymitis is an inflammation of the tube that carries sperm from the testicles, which can cause pain and swelling in one or both testicles. It’s important to chat with your doc if you experience any symptoms of bumps in your testicles, as it can lead to infertility if left untreated.
It is not common for syphilis to cause a lump in the testicle, but it is possible. According to a case report published in 2012, there were only two cases of syphilis presenting as a testicular mass mimicking malignancy reported in the literature at that time. A more recent study from 2021 found that out of 582 patients with testicular masses, only one patient had a syphilitic gumma.
Symptoms of syphilitic gummata include painless, smooth, firm swellings in the testis and granulomatous inflammation. Overall, while it is not common for syphilis to cause a lump in the testicle, it is important to be aware of this possibility and seek medical attention if any unusual symptoms are present.
Herpes is a virus that can cause a variety of symptoms, including genital sores, fever, and muscle aches. However, it is not usually associated with developing lumps in the testicles. Testicular lumps can have many potential causes, including infections, injuries, and tumors.
HIV does not typically cause lumps in the testicles. However, HIV weakens the immune system, making it more susceptible to other infections and conditions that could lead to the development of testicular lumps. For example, men with HIV are at higher risk of developing tuberculosis, which can cause swelling and bumps in the testicles.
There is not much medical information on the prevalence of testicular lumps caused by hepatitis. However, hepatitis B and C are known to cause liver inflammation and damage, which can lead to the development of cirrhosis and liver cancer. In some cases, liver cancer can spread to the testicles and cause the development of testicular lumps.
So, can STD cause a lump on the testicle? Yes, it can, but it’s not common.
Medically Reviewed by Joshua Hwang, MD on June 4, 2023Written by Alexa Amador on October 17, 2017