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Treating Sexually Transmitted Infections (STDs)
Most STIs are simple to test for and easy to treat. FirstMed provides STI treatment with minimal fuss and bother.
If you have tested positive using our testing service we will arrange for a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic free of charge.
It is crucial that both partners are treated at the same time. Otherwise, you will continue to pass the infection back and forth between you. If one of you has tested positive, the other can register with our service and order treatment without the need for testing.
Most STIs can be easily treated using a single dose, or weekly course, of antibiotics.
If left untreated, STIs can give rise to a variety of serious health problems.
Find out what precautions you may need to take to guard against reinfection.
How STIs are treated
The treatment of an STI depends on the STI. Some sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS and genital herpes, do not have a cure. However, this is the exception rather than the rule. While many STIs have serious health risks if left untreated, most are highly treatable.
Several common sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea are treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications in modern medicine. They are useful in a wide variety of bacterial infections and work by killing the bacteria present.
Some antibiotics are given in a single one off dose, while others are given in multiple doses over a week. It's important to take all of the medicine according to your health care provider's prescription to ensure the infection is destroyed.
Find out more about specific treatments by clicking on the titles;
Why it's important to get treatment
Untreated STIs can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential. Damage caused by an STI when it is not treated soon enough in the early phases cannot be undone.
While each STI causes different health problems, overall, they can cause cervical cancer and other cancers, liver disease, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), infertility, pregnancy problems, and other complications.
To avoid a 'ping-pong' effect, both partners must be treated at the same time or else the infection will remain part of the relationship.
Sex after treatment
Past infection with an STI does not make a person immune.. Being in a monogamous relationship (unless both people are tested and remain 100% faithful) does not make a person immune. The best approach to preventing sexually transmitted infections is to avoid exposure.
The most effective ways to do this are:
- USE A CONDOM: If used correctly and consistently, the male condom is the most effective method of preventing STIs.
- Keep your partner's body fluids out of your body and don't allow your body fluids to get into your partner's body. The body fluids to be most careful about are blood, cum, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, and the discharge from sores caused by sexually transmitted infections.
- Get Tested Regularly. If you have a new partner, it is advisable for you both to be tested for STIs before having sexual intercourse. Safer sex also means protecting your partner.
If you have tested positive for any STI, it is important to remember that it doesn't end with your testing and treatment. It is vital that you inform anyone you may have passed the infection onto. Read about Talking to your Partner.