Having a sex partner who is not treated, so
Having a new sex partner, or more than one sex
partner, who spreads an infection.
Receiving medical treatment that does not cure the infection.
Typically, this happens when the wrong medicine is prescribed or not all of
the medicine is taken.
Some women who have been infected with
chlamydia develop a "hypersensitive response" when
they are exposed to the bacteria again. A second infection can cause more
irritation and damage to the pelvic organs that is worse than the first
Don't try to treat a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, yourself. These diseases are contagious and serious. You must see a doctor.
Bacterial STDs can be cured with antibiotics if treatment begins early enough. Viral STDs cannot be cured, but you can manage symptoms with medications. There is a vaccine against hepatitis B, but it will not help if you already have the disease.
If you are given antibiotics to treat a STD, it is important that you take all of the drug prescribed to you, even if...