Just like any infection, different STIs need different treatments. Treatments range from pills, to creams, to injections.
Treatment is often quick, easy and painless
The quicker you start your treatment, the more effective it will be
Some STIs like Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics
Depending on treatment, costs can vary but are often inexpensive
Some STIs can be cured through antibiotic medication, such as Chlamydia, the most common STI in young people. This involves taking two tablets once and then avoiding sexual activity for seven days. Your doctor will prescribe them for you.
STI treatments depend on the STI
Other STIs, like Herpes, can’t be cured but can be managed through medication which reduces symptoms. It’s important to remember that it’s a very common STI (one in eight people) and to talk to your doctor or Nurse Nettie if you have any questions.
Some treatments are available over the counter at the local pharmacy and others will require a prescription from your doctor.
Remember, STIs are very common. In fact, most people who are sexually active will come into contact with an STI at some point in their life. It’s just reality. You can share or hear about other people’s experiences on our forum.