Treatment is available for all
sexually transmitted infections (STIs), no matter what
the cause, to relieve symptoms, even if a cure is not possible. Some, but not
all, STIs are treated with antibiotics.
- Some of the most common STIs—chlamydia,
syphilis—are caused by bacteria and are treated and
cured with antibiotics.
- STIs caused by viruses, such as
genital herpes and
genital warts, are not cured with antibiotics, but
treatments are available to relieve symptoms.
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS,
is a sexually transmitted virus that is treated with many medicines but is
If you think that you have been exposed to an STI, it is important to
be evaluated promptly by a health professional. This will help prevent serious
health problems for yourself and reduce the risk of transmitting the infection
- Do not have sexual contact while waiting for your
- Do not douche unless instructed to do so by your
health professional. Douching may flush an infection up into the
fallopian tubes and cause
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Many STI symptoms will go away or change quickly. This does not mean that the STI has gone away. It will be harder for your health professional to diagnose your STI after the symptoms
have changed. A delay in being evaluated may lead to a more serious
- Sexually Transmitted Infections