Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) caused by bacteria are curable. Some of the most common bacterial STDs include gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. The general course of treatment for these STDs is antibiotics, according to the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.Know More
Gonorrhea is a type of bacterial STD that is spread from contact via oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who is infected with the disease. No secretions, semen or blood have to be exchanged in order for the disease to be spread. The symptoms of syphilis take a long time to show up, which makes it particularly damaging, since in its later stages, it can cause heart disease, nerve dysfunction and even death. The FREEDOM Network states that although syphilis is curable, if it is not caught early, the damage it causes is irreversible.
In contrast to bacterial STDs, STDs that are caused by viruses cannot be cured. Examples of incurable STDs include HPV, HIV, hepatitis and herpes. Although there is no cure for these STDs, the symptoms they cause can be alleviated with various treatments. There is also a vaccine for HPV that can eliminate the chances of contraction, but it must be administered prior to exposure. There are no vaccines for any of the other viral STDs as of 2014, according to the FREEDOM Network.Learn more about STIs
Physical exams; blood samples; urine samples; or samples of saliva, cells, tissue or discharge are all types of tests for STDs. The method of testing for a particular STD depends on the symptoms the patient experiences and the type of infection suspected, according to Planned Parenthood.Full Answer >
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the oral antibiotic metronidazole is an effective cure for trichomoniasis, the most common curable sexually transmitted disease. Bacterial vaginosis, caused by an imbalance of vaginal bacteria, is also treated with metronidazole, according to SmarterSex.org.Full Answer >
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, have been around for centuries. Syphilis and gonorrhea have been documented since the medieval time period according to the Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society. The Herpes-Cold Sores Support Network states that herpes has been documented since ancient Greece but most likely originated long before then. According to Avert, HIV may have transferred to humans sometime between 1884 and 1924.Full Answer >
Many doctor's offices, most health departments and some clinics offer testing for sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. It is important for a person who suspects he has an STD to get tested as soon as possible. The CDC estimates that 19 million new cases of STDs are diagnosed annually.Full Answer >