If a sexually transmitted infection is detected when you undergo STI testing, the good news is that many of these infections can be treated very successfully. If you have been experiencing any symptoms, they can often be eliminated very quickly, and these treatments can also eradicate infections that you didn’t realise were there. Many STIs can remain asymptomatic for a long time, but this doesn’t mean that they can simply be ignored. They still need to be treated as they may cause serious health problems, including infertility.
The sexually transmitted infections treatment you need will depend on your precise diagnosis, since each STI requires its own specific approach. A swab or urine test may be needed so that your doctor can make the right diagnosis.
The sexually transmitted infections treatment you are most likely to be offered by your doctor is a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics can cure many of the most common STIs that are caused by bacterial infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis. In some cases, your doctor may want to give you an injection of an antibiotic such as penicillin, but in other cases, you may be prescribed a course of tablets to take at home. It is important to make sure that you take the doses exactly as prescribed and finish the whole course of antibiotics, even if you feel cured.
Different kinds of sexually transmitted infections treatments are needed for other types of infection, since antibiotics are only effective against bacterial STIs. For example, creams or freezing treatments can be used to eradicate genital warts, while special shampoos and creams can be used to eliminate pubic lice. In the case of genital herpes, you may be offered antiviral medicine to help control any symptoms, but you should be aware that there is no cure. The virus will simply remain dormant in your system when the symptoms are treated.