Treatments for STDs
Many STDs are easily treated, but all can be dangerous if ignored. As well, for most STDs, it is important to ensure that all sex partners receive treatment if an individual is infected.
The bacterial infections, such as chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, can be treated, but will require different types of medication; that is, no single drug is effective against all bacteria.
Furthermore, some bacteria are now showing resistance to standard treatments throughout the world.
For viral infections � such as hepatitis B, genital herpes, genital warts and HIV � treatment, when available, may not cure in all cases.
Hepatitis B is the only STD for which a licensed vaccine is available. In Canada, two hepatitis B vaccines and one vaccine for both hepatitis A and B are licensed for use.
The vaccines are usually given as a series of three injection doses over six months, and are considered safe and effective.