Treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Treatment is available for all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), no matter what the cause, to relieve symptoms, even if a cure is not possible. Some, but not all, STDs are treated with antibiotics.

If you think that you have been exposed to an STD, 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 to others.

Many STD symptoms will go away or change quickly. This does not mean that the STD has gone away. It will be more difficult for your health professional to diagnose your STD after the symptoms have changed. A delay in being evaluated may lead to a more serious illness.

Last Updated: December 11, 2008

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