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Antibiotics for STIs

Antibiotics are used to cure sexually transmitted infections (STIs) caused by bacteria such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Antibiotics cannot cure STIs caused by viruses such as herpes simplex  (HSV), genital warts (HPV) or HIV.

There are many different types of antibiotics and it is important to get the right antibiotis. It is not a good idea to take medicine from your friends or leftover pills you have at home to treat yourself. With the wrong medication, the bacteria may not be completed cleared from your body.

It is also important to take all of the medication in the way you were told to. When antibiotics are not taken properly, bacteria can continue to grow. They can change or adapt to become resistant to the antibiotic. There is growing concern that the antibiotics we use today may no longer be effective in the future. Taking antibiotics properly helps to reduce resistant bacteria.

Make sure to talk with your health care provider about how to take the antibiotics that you are prescribed.

Talk to your health care provider if you get side effects from the antibiotics or if your symptoms do not clear up.

Resources

HealthLink BC – Using Antibiotics Wisely

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