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Can you treat an STD at home?

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Don't try to treat a sexually transmitted disease yourself. They are contagious and serious. You must see a doctor.

Bacterial STDs can be cured with antibiotics if you start treatment early enough. Viral STDs can't be cured, but you can manage symptoms with medications. There's a vaccine against hepatitis B, but it won't help if you already have the disease.

SOURCES:  American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Centers for Disease Control National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Hepatitis B Foundation.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 14, 2017

SOURCES:  American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Centers for Disease Control National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Hepatitis B Foundation.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 14, 2017

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