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Questions about treatment and outcome

1.  Is there a cure for STD?

Most STD can be cured but others such as AIDS and genital herpes cannot. In such situations, prevention is all the more important.

2.  Are STD serious?

Yes, AIDS can kill and so can other STD such as syphilis and gonorrhoea, if left untreated for too long. Other STD such as genital warts and Hepatitis B have also been linked with causing cancer of the cervix and liver, respectively. Syphilis, herpes, gonorrhoea and chlamydia infection can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her child with severe consequences. All these complications can be avoided by taking precautions against STD.

3.  Can I have an injection to cure STD?

You may remember from Question 2 that different types of STD are caused by different germs. Different germs require different treatments. Some STD such as nonspecific urethritis (NSU) and trichomoniasis require tablets and not injections. Others like scabies and pubic lice require applications and so on. There is no single drug, injection or any combination of these that cure all STD. Moreover, some STD such as AIDS and genital herpes cannot be cured.

4.  Can I have sex immediately after treatment?

No, and when it is safe to have sex depends on the type of STD that you have. Your doctor will be able to advise you on this. The doctor may perform a test of cure to determine whether you are completely cured. Only then, should you resume sex.

5.  Is all information given to the doctor confidential?

Most certainly. The doctor cannot divulge any information except with your consent.

6.  Should I be frank with my doctor?

Yes, doctors nowadays are very broadminded and non-judgemental. You must be entirely open with him so that he can decide which tests to do, which sites to examine and what is the best treatment for you. It is in your interest to be honest with him. Do not worry about shocking him. There is probably nothing that he has not heard before.