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How are STDs Cured?

I'd like to know how STDs get cured. Thanks. ~ Curious

Dear Curious,

Most STDs can be effectively treated and some can be "cured". However, there currently are no cures for STDs like HIV, HPV, or herpes. Even so, many symptoms of even those STDs can at least be treated.

If you allow a treatable STD to go untreated for a long period of time, it could cause severe damage to you. Thus, it is vital that you get regular STD checkups, particularly when you are sexually active.

STDs have different treatment methods. For example, to cure syphilis, a single intramuscular injection of penicillin, an antibiotic, is usually effective if the person has had syphilis for less than a year. Most STDs are treated with a high dose of antibiotics, available by prescription only, which is why it is vital to see a physician when you have a concern about an STD.


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Only a physician can properly diagnose whether or not you have an STD. Thus it is important that you get an STD test done if you have a concern. None of the advice given in this column is a substitute for physician advice.

If you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease, you should see a physician immediately to be properly diagnosed and treated. You should not try to diagnose or treat symptoms on your own.

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