Most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be treated easily, quickly and effectively. However, not all STIs can be cured (HIV, herpes, human papillomavirus). In such cases, the application of early management or treatment can prevent most complications associated with these infections.
Patients should not self-medicate as it can mask the signs of infection without managing to cure it and, moreover, promotes the development of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.
Individuals diagnosed with an STI must inform the people with whom they have been sexually active as they may be infected without realising it. It is also very important that partners with whom patients are currently having sex are monitored and/or treated (depending on the STI) before restarting sexual activity in order to prevent reinfection.