STD Treatment Guidelines
Generally speaking, there are treatments available for almost any STD that you will ever encounter. Not all STDs have a cure, but there are medications available to alleviate some of the more severe symptoms of even the incurable STDs.
The STDs that cannot be cured are herpes and HIV. Hepatitis C can be eradicated with newer antiviral medications in certain patients, but there is no silver bullet that can cure everybody of it as of yet.
As mentioned earlier, just because these diseases cannot be cured does not mean that they cannot be managed with medication. In the case of herpes, both oral and genital, there are prescription medications available that can lessen the severity of outbreaks and reduce their frequency. The typical time of an outbreak, which is 2-3 weeks without treatment, can also be reduced.
HIV Treatment Options
There are multiple medications available for HIV. The disease works to weaken your immune system, which often makes you vulnerable to diseases that your body would otherwise be able to overcome. Due to the nature of HIV making your susceptible to many different illnesses that you ordinarily would not need to worry about, the medications needed vary greatly from patient to patient.
Once your doctors and healthcare providers become aware that you are infected with HIV, they will be able to prescribe a cocktail of medications that are tailored to the symptoms that you are dealing with.
Gonorrhea Treatment Options
Gonorrhea has developed a resistance to a number of typical antibiotics, so the typical treatment for it involves an injection. It can be cured as of now, but its ability to resist antibiotics is a cause of concern in the medical community.
According to the CDC, a doctor could prescribe a dual combination therapy approach with a single dose of ceftriaxone (250mg) injected beneath the muscle and 1g of oral azithromycin to treat gonorrhea.
Hepatitis Treatment Options
Hepatitis diseases can be treated with antiviral medications if required. As mentioned before, certain patients can now be fully cured of the disease with some breaking edge medications. Most patients cannot be, and they need to manage the disease indefinitely with medication.
Your body is often able to fight hepatitis A and hepatitis B without any kind of medication. However, this is not the case for everybody. The small percentage of people who are unable to fight these diseases can schedule an appointment with a doctor to receive treatment. These diseases can be cured.
Chlamydia Treatment Options
Chlamydia can be cured even more easily than gonorrhea with a proper dose of antibiotics and zero exposure to the infection during the treatment period. Your doctor will prescribe azithromycin or doxycycline for anywhere from a single dose (azithromycin) to up to 2 weeks (doxycycline).
Syphilis Treatment Options
Syphilis is treated with a prescription dosage of antibiotics, generally an injection of penicillin. Individuals who may be allergic to penicillin do have the option of using different antibiotics such as doxycicline, azithromycin, ceftriaxone or tetracycline.