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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (cont.)

What Is the Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

The treatment of an STD varies depending on the type of STD. Some STDs require a person to take antibiotic medication either by mouth or by injection; other STDs require a person to apply creams or special solutions on the skin. Often, reexamination by a doctor is necessary after the treatment to confirm that the STD is completely gone.

Some STDs, such as genital herpes and HIV (which leads to AIDS), cannot be cured, only controlled with medication.

For treatment of individual STD types, the reader is urged to click on the individual disease listed above.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Follow-up

Sometimes people with STDs are too embarrassed or frightened to ask for help or information. However, most STDs are easy to treat. The sooner a person seeks treatment and warns sexual partners about the disease, the less likely the disease will do permanent damage, be spread to others, or be passed to a baby.

If diagnosed with an STD, follow these guidelines:

  • Seek treatment to stop the spread of the disease.
  • Notify sexual contacts and urge them to have a checkup.
  • Take all of the prescribed medication, even if symptoms stop before all of the prescribed medication(s) are taken.
  • Sometimes, follow-up tests are important so comply with the instructions given by the health care practitioner.
  • Consult a doctor with specific needs and any questions about reinfection, sexual partner notification, and prevention.
  • Avoid sexual activity while being treated for an STD.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/29/2016

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