Sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STDs, have a high prevalence rate, particularly among young individuals. About 25 million people in the United States had STDs in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In most cases, antibiotics or other forms of treatment are readily available, thus many people do not exercise caution when engaging in sexual activity.
Aside from bacterial infections, there are some STDs that are impossible to treat because they are all viruses that remain in the body for years. The STDs that can’t be cured according to medicineNet will be discussed in this article.
1. Herpes- Herpes can be easily transferred by an infected person’s saliva or genital discharge, making contact with herpes sores or skin around the mouth or genital of an infected person. A person who has been diagnosed with Herpes should expect to have occasional outbreaks for the rest of their lives. Only drugs that can prevent or minimize epidemics are available to doctors.
2. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the United States, impacting around 80 million people.
An infected person can transmit HPV through oral, anal, or genital contact. The vast majority of the time, HPV does not cause any symptoms. Warts on the vaginal or anal surfaces are sometimes discovered and treated, but recurrence is possible. Cancers of the anus, penis, and throat can be caused by HPV.
3. HIV- Adults can only obtain HIV from sexual contact or blood transmission, while newborns can get HIV in utero or while breastfeeding. Without proper treatment, HIV develops into AIDS, which is fatal after three years of being untreated. As a result, you’ll need to take medication for the rest of your life if you catch HIV.
4. Hepatitis B is a virus that can be passed on through sexual contact, through the exchange of blood, and through the sharing of personal goods such as toothbrushes or razor blades. Liver disease, such as cirrhosis or cancer, can occur as a result of HBV infection.