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Monday, June 30, 2014

STD Cure, STD Immunity, STD Reinfection? How Can You Be Sure

All STDs can be treated, but knowing if you are cured, if you are immune, or if you have become reinfected by your partner is an important consideration. If you had an STD treated the next step is to figure out if you were really cured. And each STD has both an incubation rate (before which you won't even know you need to be cured), and a time to cure if it's treated. HPV disease is odd, you can't cure it with treatment, but you can get over it. About 80-90% of women will eliminate their HPV infection within 8-24 months. Although some who we think are clear have just reduced their virus amount by about 90% to undetectable levels. The good news about reducing your viral amount to undetectable levels is that cervical cancer is often kept at bay by just having an immune system fight it off. Knowing whether you are then immune to getting reinfected with the same HPV virus is a very difficult concept.Although we do develop antibodies to HPV after being infected, they are not as strong as the protective antibodies we induce with vaccines, so they may not protect you against reinfection. CT and CT are both curable, but in neither case are you immune to reinfection. 10 to 15% of women will come back with positive tests again in the next year of a positive test for CT or GC . does that mean the antibiotics failed? Well, sometimes yes, but most times, probably you were re-exposed. Since the researchers can't honestly be sure who was re-exposed they have a tough time telling women who was just not treated. To be 'sure' of whether you were cured, immune or reinfected you have to see your gyno. Post STD you should have gotten a Test of cure — Testing for Chlamydia doesn't always mean you need a Test of cure. Check the guidelines issued by the CDC distinguish tests of cure from repeat screening, which should be considered within the first three to four months after therapy is complete. And also think about what other STDs you should be getting a test for. Once you test positive for one, you might have another. A good resource guide to STD testing and curing is on the ACOG site at their link.
Chalmydia. trachomatis (CT) a few months down the line. Exceptions include women who have persisting symptoms or if you are actually pregnant, those patients are due to get retested right away. But be sure to stretch that test out at least more than three weeks or you might test positive for organisms that are there, but not really viable (dead).

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