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Some STDs can be cured and some cannot be cured. Healthcare providers can prescribe medicines to cure some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Others, like herpes, can’t be cured, but you can take medicine to treat them to help with the symptoms. If you are ever treated for an STD, use the medicines exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.

It is possible to get an STD again (even after you’ve been treated), if you have sex with someone who has an STD. It is also possible to have more than one STD at the same time.

You may see drugs that are sold on the internet that claim to prevent STDs. Illegal pharmacies may also sell unapproved drugs – or drugs with the wrong amount of ingredients that can be very dangerous and not work at all. Only a healthcare provider should diagnose and treat an STD.

What Does This Mean?

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Each year, one in four teens contracts an STD.

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