Which STDs Can Be Cured?
There are an estimated 30 STDs worldwide. While we’ve all heard of the common ones, such as HIV, HPV, and Chlamydia, we may not actually know much about them. Do you know which STIs stay with you for life? Do you know which are the most common? If the answer is no, don’t panic. We’ve got you covered!
Oftentimes, when we think of an STD, we think of an embarrassing trip to the doctor’s office and an awkward conversation with our significant other. It’s a common misconception that all it takes to clear up an STD is a simple prescription. Yes, that is often the case, but not always. Some STDs can be cured with medication, while others remain in the body for the rest of your life and can only be treated and controlled.
It’s important to know the difference and have all the facts about each STI in order to properly protect yourself. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of which STDs can be cured versus which can be controlled.
STDs That Can Be Cured
Gonorrhea is cured with proper medication. However, complications can arise if it is left untreated, so it is important to get treated right away. However, treating gonorrhea is becoming more and more difficult, as strains of gonorrhea are becoming resistant to antibiotics. There are still antibiotics that are working, but they must be taken together and you must take ALL of your treatment in order to effectively cure the STI.
While chlamydia is a common STD, it is also easily cured with antibiotics. However, if left untreated it may make it difficult for some women to get pregnant.
With proper treatment, syphilis is very easy to treat and cure. If left untreated, it can cause serious complications, so it’s important to visit a doctor at the first signs of an issue.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
BV is completely treatable with antibiotics. In some cases it can even clear itself up without treatment. However, BV may recur after treatment, so it’s important to take all of the prescribed medication.
Trichomoniasis is the most common of all curable STDs. It is easily treated, however if left untreated it can make it easier to be infected with HIV.
Prescription cream called scabicide is used to treat scabies, killing the mites and their eggs. An antibiotic can also be taken. Bedding and clothing should be thoroughly washed, as scabies is spread very easily.
Prescription shampoo can be used to treat pubic lice. It is also recommended to wash all clothing and bedding in hot water to stop the lice from spreading.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is the most common STI in the United States, and 9 out of 10 sexually active people will contract HPV during their lifetime. While HPV is most well-known because it is linked to cancer, 90% of HPV infections are cleared up on their own by the body’s immune system and are completely curable.
STDs That Can’t Be Cured
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV is always a chronic infection. There is no cure for HIV, but it can be controlled and treated with medication. There is currently not a vaccine for HIV, but if your partner has HIV, there are medications you can take to avoid being infected during sexual intercourse. If HIV is left untreated, it can progress to AIDS in its late stages.
Most people with genital herpes won’t even know they have it, which is why it is so easily spread. There is no cure for genital herpes, but medication can be taken to control and minimize herpes outbreaks. Those with herpes can also take antiviral medication to reduce the chance of passing it on to a partner. There is no vaccine for herpes.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Certain types of HPV are persistent and have no cure. These are the cancer-causing HPV strains, and those who are infected with Persistent HPV are at risk for developing cervical cancer. However, there are two vaccines for HPV. The most well-known is Gardasil 9 which protects against 9 strains of the HPV virus, including almost all of the cancer-causing strains. Children can receive the vaccine anytime after the age of 9.
Chronic Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B is very easily spread and is 100 times more infectious than HIV. It can take up to 2 months to show up in tests, but can be cured. However, over 800,000 people in the United States have chronic hepatitis B. There is no cure for Chronic hepatitis, but there is a vaccine to prevent infection.
Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV)
While Hepatitis C is most commonly transmitted through needles, it can be transmitted by having sex with an infected person. Acute Hepatitis C is easily treated, and in some cases can even clear up on its own without treatment. However, If left untreated, there is a chance it can turn into Chronic Hepatitis C. An estimated 75% of people infected with Hepatitis C develop Chronic Hepatitis C. Chronic Hepatitis C can be treated but not cured. Those with Chronic Hepatitis C are at risk for liver damage.
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