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I was wondering if it is normal for an 18 yr old male to be able to feel his lymph nodes which are about pea-sized. They are not causing any pain but I am worried it is std related.

Hi, and thanks for your question

This can definitely be normal. Some people have bigger more palpable (able to be felt) lymph nodes very close to the surface of the body, especially if a person is on the thinner side. Others are naturally smaller and a bit deeper down and less easy to feel. The fact that they are not causing you any pain is a good thing.

Of course we also do recommend regular testing for STIs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV for all sexually active individuals regardless of whether there may be symptoms or not as many STIs don’t have any symptoms at all.
Have a look at our Clinic Finder to locate a clinic near you for testing

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

This answer was posted on March 12, 2019

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