A Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is a type of disease that is generally acquired when two people engage in intercourse. STDs are most often transmitted through acts of vaginal, anal, and oral sex. In certain more rare cases, all that is required is skin to skin contact. These types of diseases range from being relatively benign to being life altering. In some instances they can even become extremely dangerous or fatal to a person who acquires certain types of viral-based STDs.
Types of STD medications are used to either cure an STD or help to manage symptoms in cases when a cure is not available. Failure to acquire and administer STD medication, when symptoms of infection first appear, can sometimes lead to more serious internal infections; consequently, it is a good idea to get treated as soon as symptoms appear to prevent further medical complications from occurring. STD medications come in various forms, such as pills, creams, topical gels, or varying types of antibiotic treatments. Some common STD medications are:
- Antibiotics: Used in the treatment of common bacterial-based STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.
- Truvada: Used in the treatment of HIV infection.
- Valtrex: Used in the management of herpes symptoms.
- Viread: Used to effectively suppress the hepatitis B virus up to 8-years in some patients.
In the case of an STD that is a bacterial infection, when antibiotics are the prescribed treatment, it is important to finish the cycle of antibiotics. Failure to do so may lead to the bacteria not being fully eliminated from the patient’s body. In the case of viral infections, such as Herpes, hepatitis B and HIV infections there does not yet exist an STD medication that guarantees a cure is achievable at this time. However, improvements in STD medications have made it possible to manage these types of sexually transmitted viral infections more effectively.