STIs and STDs


Treatment of STIs and STDs

Treatment and prevention options include vaccination, protected sex, and medications and procedures. These methods are important to protect your overall health and fertility.

Abstinence (not engaging in any sexual activity with another person) or being in a monogamous sexual relationship with someone who does not have any STIs/STDs prevents infection. Safer sex practices, including using barrier protection (latex condoms or dental dams) every time you have sex and limiting the number of your sexual partners, decreases your risk of infection.

Vaccination prevents some STIs/STDs. Health care providers can give you vaccinations against hepatitis and HPV, which causes genital warts, cervical dysplasia, and cervical cancer.

For many STIs/STDs, such as gonorrhea or syphilis, medication can cure or control the infection. However, there is currently no cure for herpes, HPV, or HIV. Doctors can prescribe medication to control the symptoms and slow the progression of these infections. Because STIs/STDs are sexually transmitted, your sexual partners may need treatment, too.

With prompt diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to clear up many STIs/STDs before they cause long-term complications. Annual exams and STI/STD screenings are an important part of your health care plan. If you experience symptoms of a possible sexually transmitted disease in CA, AZ, and NV, visit Dignity Health as soon as possible.

Dignity Health provides preventive care and personalized treatment for sexually transmitted diseases in Arizona, California, and Nevada.