STDs That Can Be Cured And Not Cured
It is creepy to learn all those STD microbes lurking everywhere, eager to enter your body. Certain STDs can be cured, while some stay with you until your last breath. Some are so dangerous they can harm your vital organs and lead to death.
STDs that can be cured
- Syphilis: Doctors can treat this STD with penicillin in the first and the second stage. The last stage requires a higher dose. Syphilis attacks the body’s vital organs during the last stage. Syphilis is curable, but damage done to vital organs cannot be cured.
- Gonorrhea: Caused by bacteria, it is curable through antibiotics. However, the latest studies talk about strains of this bacteria that show resistance to antibiotics.
- Chlamydia: Caused by bacteria, often, a single dose of antibiotics is enough to cure this disease.
- Trichomoniasis: Caused by parasitic bacteria Trichomonas vaginalis, the infection usually leads to itching and inflammation on your private parts. It can be cured by antibiotics.
- Scabies: This STD is caused by tiny mites, which can be seen through microscope or magnifying glass. They bite and burrow into your skin, causing itching, red rashes, and bumps. They may turn into blisters. They spread through skin-to-skin contact and sharing towels. You can kill them through prescription body washes or a dose of antibiotics. However, they may remain on sheets and towels, so make sure you clean them all.
- Pubic lice or crabs: The STD is caused by tiny insects Pthirus pubis. They are different from head lice. They feed on your blood. They spread through skin-to-skin contact and sharing towels. The affected area itches, turns gray-blue, and shows genital sores. You can often see tiny grayish or white oval shaped eggs on pubic hair. This STD can be cured through prescription washes. Make sure to clean all your towels and sheets.
STDs that usually get cured naturally over time
- HPV: Several cases of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) are healed by the body itself after a couple of years. Doctors believe them to become dormant forever. Certain HPV cases leads to genital warts, which look like penis pimples.
- Molluscum contagiosum: This STD is caused by virus. The body clears it off within 6-18 months. Some cases may take up to 4 years, according to a report by CDC. This STD causes rash on your private parts.
- Hepatitis A (HAV): This STD stays in the body for a couple of months or up to 6 months. The body fights it off. This is a preventable STD through a series of immunizations.
- Acute Hepatitis B (HBV): This STD stays in the body for 6 months before the virus gets kicked out by the body.
- Acute Hepatitis C (HCV): It is found that 1 in 5 patients get healed of this viral STD on their own. The rest may develop chronic HCV. The reason is still unknown. Certain acute cases can be cured through intense medical treatment.
STDs that cannot be cured
- Genital herpes: Caused by HSV-2 strain of virus, it leads to lesions on or around genitals. The disease has active and inactive stages. Even during the inactive stage of the virus, it can spread.
- Oral herpes or cold sores: Caused by HSV-1 strain of virus, it, too, has active and inactive stages and the virus spreads irrespective of the stage.
- HPV: A few strains of HPV (Human Papillomavirus), which are recognized as high risk strains by doctors, can cause continuous problems. They may cause anything from genital warts to cervical cancer.
- Chronic Hepatitis B and C: Also referred to as HBV and HCV, this STD comes after you get acute case of Hepatitis B or C, which is the initial stage. When the virus stays in the body for about 6 months it becomes chronic and then it stays inside you for the rest of your life. Many cases end up with liver disease. About 20 per cent of such cases become fatal due to chronic infection.
- HIV/AIDS: HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) turns into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease) when left untreated. This is a chronic infection that targets body’s immune system. As a result, the body cannot fight other infections and diseases, leading to death. However, this STD is incurable, but manageable. Treatment with Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) helps to keep the “viral load” in control, so that the person is able to live longer and better.
Curable or not, endeavor to stay miles away from these microbes.