Treating Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Module 8 - How to treat STIs
Marcel L. Swinford
Grand Canyon University
Human Sexuality
Ketsia Chapman
February 01, 2011

Module 8 - How to treat STIs
Bacterial sexually transmitted infections include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU). There are different treatments for each of these infections. Chlamydia should be treated dually with doxycycline and azithromycin (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). The treatment for Gonorrhea is a dual therapy of a single dose of cephalosporin and a single dose of azithromycin for 7 days (Crooks & Baur, 2011). Syphilis should be treated as soon as possible with one of these antibiotics; azithromycin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, or erythromycin (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Doxycycline or azithromycin usually will treat Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) (Crooks & Baur, 2011). Viral infections include the Herpes types 1 and 2, Genital and Anal Warts, and Hepatitis A, B, and C. Unfortunately, there is not a cure for Herpes. Treatment can reduce the pain and help speed the healing process with Acyclovir, Valacyclovir, or Famciclovir, which is taken orally for both types of Herpes (Crooks & Baur, 2011) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Genital and Anal warts are treated by freezing, applications of topical creams, cauterization, surgical removal, or vaporization by a carbon dioxide laser (Crooks & Baur, 2011). Hepatitis A and B can be treated with special care or maybe even hospitalization for dehydration due to vomiting and nausea which are signs of liver failure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Hepatitis C treatment is a combination of peglylated interferon and ribavirin (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Ectoparasitic infections are parasitic organisms that live on the outer skin of humans and other animal. Lice or ‘Crabs’ and Scabies are common sexually transmitted...
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