For all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), there is treatment. For most STIs, there is a cure. Some STIs like syphilis and chlamydia are easily cured with treatment. Some STIs like HPV may clear on their own. Others like herpes and HIV can be chronic and ongoing and require regular medical treatment.
What to do if you test positive
Tell your sex partner(s) that you have tested positive. They should get tested immediately. Whatcom County Health and Community Services can help you with these conversations. Treatment does not prevent future infections.
If you have to take medication, be sure to take all of it as directed by a healthcare provider.
Stop having all types of sex (vaginal, oral and/or anal) until you and your partner(s) are finished with treatment recommendations. Having sex before everyone is completely treated could cause the infection to be passed back and forth.
Follow up with your doctor and ask when to test again.