There are many STDs that can be passed from one person to you. Of these, many are curable. You can take medication, get a shot, and you will no longer have the STD. But, there are other STDs that are incurable. These will remain in your body for the remainder of your life. While these are not curable, at this time, they can be managed.
If you do contract an incurable STD, you should disclose the status of your illness to any potential future partners as they should be given the right to make an informed decision. As there are many people in the world, if one person does not want to continue a relationship with you, you can find another who would love to. While it can be scary and, at times awkward to disclose your illness, it is the best option for a relationship to work.
There are five STDs that are incurable. Each has a variety of symptoms, treatments, and positive and negative effects on your life. Here are these five.
#1 HERPES SIMPLEX
Herpes is a skin condition that affects your nerves. Nearly everyone has herpes and it shows in most people in the form of cold sores. There are two types of Herpes, the typical HSV-1 which usually occurs in or surrounding the mouth and HSV-2, which is usually located in or surround ingredients the genitalia. While they usually frequent a certain location of your body, both can appear in other areas. Some people carry herpes simplex and do not exhibit any symptoms. These people, 20 to 30 percent of the population, never know they have herpes.
If you have the more chronic and severe type of herpes, you may notice tiny blisters that are filled with fluid. These blisters sometimes burst and leave behind painful ulcers. It can take up to three weeks for these ulcers to go away.
For those who have the more chronic and severe form of herpes simplex, there are medications that can be taken on a daily basis to temporarily rid yourself of the symptoms.
#2 HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
Also known as genital warts, this incurable STD may lead to cancer. While there are around 40 different strains, 12 of them are truly detrimental to the body. Many people have already received the vaccine for HPV, but this only protects against those strains that have a high cancer or wart risk.
If you contract HPV, you can manage the accompanying symptoms by improving your dietary habits, removing the warts through freezing, adding natural herbs to your diet, and/or lowering your stress levels. A medical cure is not yet here, but you can live, healthily, with HPV.
For that matter, most strains of HPV are cleared by your own immune system. If you are diagnosed with HPV or experience warts after a sexual encounter, it does not automatically mean you will have to deal with this condition your entire life. The average duration of an HPV infection is four and twenty months, so you could be free of this condition within two years. Yes, that is a long time, but it is not your entire life.
For those whose HPV morphs into pre-cancer, this is often because a high-risk strain has been left untreated and your body is not able to get rid of it. When this strain continues to assault the body, it can cause the infected cells to become abnormal and they may start multiplying and result in cancer.
#3 HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)
HIV is the beginning of this common and incurable STD. While a lot of money is going into research for a cure, currently there is no cure available. HIV causes immense weakening of your immune system and makes it so you are unable to fight off other illnesses. Since the recognition of HIV in the 1980s, it has become a well-known epidemic that has taken nearly 35 million lives either directly or indirectly.
In the 80s, the death toll related to HIV was staggering, but with antiviral medications and the strict regimen associated with them, people who have HIV are living longer. In addition, when they take their medication as instructed, were able to have sexual relations with their partner without passing along their HIV, even with no condom. Having said that, it is best to use a condom at all times, and with everyone, when engaging n sexual relations, whether they have HIV or not.
Antiviral medications greatly lower the number of viral copies in the body and enhance the quality of life of both the person and their partner.
When HIV worsens, and the CD4 cells in the blood are lower than 200 cells per cubic millimeter, HIV progresses to the often-fatal AIDS.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
When HIV is untreated or treated inconsistently, it may progress to AIDS. This occurs when the immune system is badly damaged. During this time, you have a highly increased risk of falling ill to regular illnesses. A cold or pneumonia may lead to death.
Once AIDS has occurred, the life expectancy is much lower. When no treatment is pursued, the survival rate is three years and if another illness gets in your body when you have AIDS, the survival rate is just a scant year.
It is important to start treatment for HIV as soon as you are aware you have this condition. Treatment can greatly prolong your life and improve the quality.
#4 HEPATITIS A & B
A blood-borne virus, Hepatitis A and B are incurable. This virus attacks your liver and can lead to death if it is not slowed.
Hepatitis A and B have vaccines, but no cure. Usually, the body’s immune system can rid itself of these two types within a few months, but some people’s bodies cannot and they develop a chronic form of Hepatitis B. This is known if the body does not clear the Hepatitis B within half a year. Medications are available to slow the progression of damage to the liver.
But, good news is available. Hepatitis C, the third type, was previously incurable. Now, it has a cure!
You may wonder why gonorrhea is on this list. That is, because, it’s no longer reliably curable. Gonorrhea is able to adapt to vaccines and is becoming harder to treat as it is becoming resistant to medication. Physicians are figuring out the cause for this, but it is important to always wear condoms so you can, to the best of your ability, prevent these conditions.