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—
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.
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
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
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