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MGH Cox 5
55 Fruit Street, Boston
T, Th, F: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
W: 1-3 p.m.

Chelsea Health Center
151 Everett Avenue, Chelsea
T: 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
Th: 3-6 p.m.

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Generally, sexually transmitted diseases that are caused by bacteria or parasites are easy to treat. Often one dose or injection of antibiotics can do the trick. Viruses, on the other hand, are not curable, but can be treated. Below are some of the more common STDs and their potential treatment outcomes.

Bacteria


Chlamydia — Curable with antibiotics

Gonorrhea — Curable with antibiotics

Syphilis — Curable with antibiotics, but will not repair damage already caused
Viruses


Hepatitis B — Not curable, but a vaccination is available

Genital Herpes — Not curable, but treatment can reduce symptoms

HIV — Not curable, but can be treated with a combination of medicines to strengthen the immune system

HPV — Not curable, but conditions it causes are treatable; vaccination can reduce its incidence
Parasites


Pubic lice — Curable with over-the-counter lotions that contain the
chemical permethrin

Trichomoniasis — Curable with antibiotics