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What are the Most Common Treatments for STDs?

By Lizzie De La Cruz

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sometimes also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are some of the most common health issues in the world today. They are also often preventable and treatable if addressed early or, preferably, before they even spread. Today we are walking through the three most common STD treatments out there today, and why it is important to get regularly tested if you are sexually active in any way.

Antibiotics

By far the most common of STD treatments is antibiotics. Gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis are all treatable with antibiotics and almost always curable. The most important thing in these situations is to get the infection diagnosed and get treated as soon as possible. It’s easy to understand why someone might want to avoid the doctor out of fear or embarrassment, but putting off treatment can lead to long term complications like inflammation and infertility, while treatment upfront is a simple round of antibiotics!

Symptom Management Plans

While some STDs are able to be cleared up and even cured with the right prescriptions, others are with us for the rest of our lives. Broadly, bacterial infections can be cured while viral infections cannot. This is why many people who contract herpes, a virus, are put onto STD treatments that are actually more like symptom management plans.

In these instances, many people will rely on symptom management plans that can help reduce symptoms like outbreaks of cold sores and fever blisters. Antiviral medications and herbal preventative treatments can go a long way towards ensuring herpes doesn’t interrupt your life. If you have an infection that cannot be cured, then you and your healthcare professional will likely work together to develop a series of STD treatments to help. This will likely be a combination of drugs and lifestyle changes to help you live a better life and reduce your chances of spreading the infection to others.

Vaccines

While many of us today are thinking about vaccines to solve the pandemic, vaccines have also been integral in reducing the spread of STDs across the globe. Vaccines are not STD treatments per se. Instead, they are actually preventable measures that can help stop people from being infected by one of the most common STDs: human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer, so the development of an HPV vaccine is a pretty big deal! If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you may want to check in with your healthcare provider and see if the HPV vaccine might be appropriate for you.

When it comes to STDs, the best plan of attack is to talk to a doctor. Wisp is dedicated to helping people find the right treatment plans for their STDs, all while being discrete and sensitive to their needs and situation. With a team of doctors who take your health needs seriously, we can help you get the right STD treatments for your situation. If you have tested positive for an STD or want to discuss a possible infection with a doctor, then be sure to contact us right away. We can help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need. That means you can get back to your normal life faster and with more confidence.

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