These days STIs are easier to treat than ever, while even those that can't be cured can be intensively managed with the help of specialised medications. These treatments can either work by enhancing the immune system's ability to attack pathogen cells better or by attacking the actual viral and bacterial cells directly to allow the virus or bacteria to go away or to move into a dormant state.
Prescription medication is the best and most effective way to cure or manage STIs; these treatments were specifically developed to target the compounds responsible for an infection to effectively drive it back into submission or to completely kill it. Some of the most commonly used antibiotics and antivirals used in the treatment of STIs are:
Doxycycline - can be used in the treatment of ureaplasma urealyticum, non-specific urethritis and mycoplasma genitalium. It's generally prescribed in a lower more gradual dose over the course of a week
Azithromycin - this is a widely used antibiotic that is able to treat a wide range of conditions very effectively, including chlamydia, ureaplasma urealyticum and non-specific urethritis. It's also used alongside Cefixime for the treatment of gonorrhoea. Normally only a single high dose is enough to completely cure most of these conditions.
Cefixime – Cefixime is recommended alongside a dose of Azithromycin to provide a more comprehensive treatment for gonorrhoea. Similar to Azithromycin, it's also effective in a single high dose.
Metronidazole – this antibiotic treatment can effectively treat and cure infections of trichomonas vaginalis as well as bacterial vaginosis. With Metronidazole you have the option to take it as a single high dose or in a lower dose over the course of ten days.
Aciclovir – this is a proven treatment for genital herpes. It's able to drive the herpes virus into a dormant state to help reduce the length of time during which you experience an outbreak. It can also be taken as a long-term preventative treatment.
Aldara – This genital wart cream is able to stimulate the body's immune system to deal with the external warts better.
Condyline – Condyline is an antiviral solution that contains podophyllotoxin, and if applied correctly to the affected area can help external warts go away in just four weeks.
Warticon – This is a cream version of Condyline and can effectively treat genital warts by simply applying the cream twice daily to the affected area.
When it comes to most illnesses, prevention is better than cure and therefore it's important to make every effort to practice safe sex with the help of condoms or dental dams. However, it's important to understand that these methods won't always provide you with 100% effective protection. It's also a good idea to get tested regularly for STIs if you are sexually active to make sure that you get treatment should you require it. You may also want to consider asking your partner to get tested with you before you start a sexual relationship.
If you have genital warts and genital herpes, it might be a good idea to speak to your doctor for information on ways you can have safe, enjoyable sex with your partner while minimising the risk of transmission.
All the treatments mentioned above are available from OnlineClinic, but as they are prescription medications, we ask that you complete an online consultation form as part of the ordering process. All the information you provide will be treated confidentially, and will only be checked by our qualified doctor for prescription purposes. If you are safe to use the treatment of your choice, it will be dispensed from our pharmacy for overnight delivery.