STD basics

STD treatment

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.

STD Treatment
Chlamydia Antibiotics
Crabs and scabies Over-the-counter and prescription creams
Gonorrhea Antibiotics
Non-Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU) Antibiotics
Shigella Antibiotics
Syphilis Antibiotics
Trichomoniasis Antibiotics
Molluscum contagiosum Various

Common treatable STDs

These viruses can be treated and managed, but they cannot be cured.

STD Treatment
Hepatitis A Rest, fluid, vaccine
Hepatitis B Antiviral medications, vaccine
Hepatitis C Antiviral medications
Herpes (HSV) Antiviral medications
HIV Anti-retroviral therapy
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

STD expert

"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."