Is there a cure or a treatment for STDs?
Some infections can be cured and others are chronic, but treatable with medication. Here's a snapshot of the most common STDs that are curable or treatable:
Common curable STDs
These STDs can be completely healed if you take the prescribed medications correctly.
|Crabs and scabies||Over-the-counter and prescription creams|
|Non-Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU)||Antibiotics|
Common treatable STDs
These viruses can be treated and managed, but they cannot be cured.
|Hepatitis A||Rest, fluid, vaccine|
|Hepatitis B||Antiviral medications, vaccine|
|Hepatitis C||Antiviral medications|
|Herpes (HSV)||Antiviral medications|
|Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)||Vaccine|
Note: We provide testing and consultation for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes 1 & 2, HIV and syphilis. See your regular doctor to get tested and treated for other STDs that require a pelvic exam.
Last reviewed by Lisa Oldson, MD, January 2011.
Lisa Oldson, MD
"The first thing I tell a patient about STDs is that if you're worried about one STD, you should probably worry about all STDs. In other words, if you had unprotected sex and you're worried about a possible HIV exposure, it's important to understand that hepatitis can be spread in the same fashion...ditto for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis."