STDs: Not always curable

The best strategy is prevention

Karen Miller | 12/16/2013, 6 a.m.

Generally, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that are caused by bacteria or parasites are easy to treat. Often one dose or injection of antibiotics can do the trick. STDs caused by viruses, on the other hand, are not curable, but can be treated. It is possible to reduce the risk of infection by using condoms, limiting the number of sex partners and getting vaccinations. Below are some of the more common STDs and their potential treatment outcomes.


Chlamydia — Curable with antibiotics

Gonorrhea — Curable with antibiotics

Syphilis — Curable with antibiotics, but will not repair damage already caused


Hepatitis B — Not curable, but a vaccination is available

Genital Herpes — Not curable, but treatment can reduce symptoms

HIV — Not curable, but can be treated with a combination of medicines to strengthen the immune system

HPV — Not curable, but conditions it causes are treatable; vaccination can reduce its incidence


Pubic lice — Curable with over-the-counter lotions that contain the chemical permethrin

Trichomoniasis — Curable with antibiotics