There are some curable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that after taking medication, you become free of them. However, some STDs are incurable, no matter the drugs you take, they will still remain in your system for life, or at least until scientists figure out a cure, your symptoms can be managed. Treatment can also help with lowering the chances a certain STD will get transmitted from you to someone else. Let’s look at some five incurable STDs.
HIV is one of the major incurable STDs currently on rampage globally. It is the one with the most money being thrown at research for a cure. HIV basically attacks the immune system, causing it to become defenseless and unable to fight off minor illnesses that may enter the body. Since the deadly epidemic started in 1980s, there are around 35 million death toll globally.
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Fortunately, with current antiretroviral medication regimens, those infected with the deadly disease can now live much longer and healthier lives. Also, a new study that came out this year discovered that people who take their medication as prescribed to lower the amount of viral copies in their system had no instances of passing on HIV to their partners even without the use of condoms.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is also called genital warts. There are about 40-ish strains that actually cause warts. Some of the other strains are potentially cancer-causing. Vaccination against HPV covers you against the highest risk strains for cancer and warts. So regardless, chances are at some point in your life, you’ll get HPV in your body. There are ways to manage your symptoms. These includes freezing off the wart, changing what you eat, taking herbs, and generally maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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Your body can at times clear the HPV infection on its own. So just because you test positive for HPV or get warts, doesn’t mean you’ll have it forever. However, HPV progresses to pre-cancer in the rare instance when your body is incapable of clearing a high-risk cancer strain for a long time.
Herpes is an untreatable skin condition that gets into and lives in your nerves. It’s super prevalent, though it’s manageable. Almost everyone has the virus by the end of their lives. There are two types of herpes simplex virus. The more common HSV-1 usually lives in or around your mouth and is usually called cold sores), while HSV-2 lives in your genital region. However, each can live in the other place as well. You can have the herpes virus inside you and be unaware of it. However, if you do get symptoms, they will be in the form of tiny, fluid-filled blisters that burst and leave behind painful ulcers that take one to three weeks to heal.
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You can take daily medication to suppress herpes symptoms, but it has no cure. Taking this suppressive antiviral medication can reduce outbursts by up to 80 percent, and in many people, completely suppress outbreaks. Other people only take drugs when they feel an outbreak coming on, which is usually preceded by feelings of tingling, burning, itching, or pain.
There are also non-medical approach to minimize herpes outbreaks and manage your symptoms. These include herbs and supplements, special diets, and minimizing your stress.
Gonorrhea, which was a curable STD, is fast becoming resistant to medication. So if you end up with gonorrhea and try to get it treated, it might not work. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. Symptoms may include yellow vaginal discharge, burning or redness, vaginal itching, pain during sex, and pain when urinating. If this is happening to you, you should still go to your doctor to get antibiotics. However, this bacteria keeps gaining resistance to more and more antibiotic types.
Hepatitis A & B
Hepatitis is a bloodborne virus that attacks your liver. There are three types: A, B, and C. If you get one of these, it can severely damage your liver function, leading to illness and even death. There is no cure for Hepatitis A and B. However, there is a vaccine for these two types. Also, your body usually clears both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B within a few months. However, some people do end up with chronic Hepatitis B, which means their body didn’t get rid of it within six months. For folks with chronic Hepatitis B infection, there are medications that can slow down damage the virus does to your liver. Hepatitis C was also incurable, until researchers developed a cure.
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