Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are spread through sexual contact and can cause disease in the human body. STIs can harm you even if you have no symptoms. Obtaining testing and treatment for STIs is vital to protect you and your partner’s health.
Don’t wait to see if an STI will go away on its own. Get tested today.
Do Some STIs Go Away on Their Own?
It is very unlikely that an STI will go away on its own.
Some STIs, like chlamydia or gonorrhea, can be cured with a short course of antibiotics, but others can remain with an individual for life. Examples of this include viral STIs like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or herpes. Treatment for these viruses involves medication that limits the symptoms and the risk of your partner contracting it from you.
In some cases, other viruses like human papillomavirus (HPV) or hepatitis B have been shown to clear with the body’s immune response.
However, in the majority of cases, STIs will not go away on their own.
Why You Shouldn’t “Wait and See”
While there isn’t much evidence that STIs can go away on their own, there is a lot of data showing how risky it can be not to receive treatment for STIs. Waiting to see if an STI will go away on its own can endanger your health and your partner’s health. According to the National Institutes of Health, while you are waiting for an infection to clear, it can lead to complications such as:
- Pelvic pain
- Eye inflammation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
If you are sexually active, don’t leave your reproductive health to chance or Google responses. Take your health into your own hands and get tested for STIs for free at Dove Medical. Walk in between 10-4, or contact us to schedule an appointment. All appointments are free and confidential. Get the care you deserve in a compassionate, judgment-free setting.
This post is for education and information purposes only and does not substitute the advice of a Healthcare Professional.