Whether you have a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), you must know that you are not alone.
The manifestations of infections that get passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse are Sexual Transmitted Diseases. Major incurable STDs require prevention and treatment for managing their symptoms.
STDs commonly affect millions of people who follow a stressful sexual lifestyle, and they can affect people of any age or background.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) are a topic people are normally shy to discuss, and unless the disease yields symptoms people often are unaware of themselves being STD-positive. Some STDS, like the blue waffle disease, are so vaguely discussed that people aren’t even sure if they are real or not.
Even though there are certain STDs whose treatments have come a long way, more effort is required for managing some STDs such as the HIV viruses and Hepatitis C.
Incurable STDs are indiscreet and begin affecting your body as soon as the symptoms arrive.
5 Common Incurable STDs
Fortunately, there are methods to diagnose, treat, and prevent STDs.
If you want to prevent STDs or STIs, you must always practice safe sex and carry condoms for vaginal, oral, or anal sex as STDs can get transmitted anytime during sex. Also, you must regularly get tested for STDs no matter how sexually you are active.
Taking good care of your sexual health will help you prevent all the other life-threatening STDs!
Keep reading below to find out how to manage five incurable STDs.
HIV or AIDS
HIV or AIDS is an incurable disease, but there are treatments offered for managing their symptoms.
During the treatment time, doctors will check and analyze your HIV levels. There is an antiviral therapy particularly meant for imitating HIV therapy, and if started earlier it will provide better results for managing the HIV Virus.
Even people who have HIV are luckily living much longer due to the intake of antiviral medication regiments. In the initial stage, when a person contracts HIV, the virus begins multiplying promptly. The immune system activates and begins fighting the HIV.
Making HIV testing a routine part of medical care with the help of appropriate treatments can relieve your body from damages.
Herpes Simplex is another of the most incurable yet manageable STDs.
One of the shocking facts about Herpes Simplex is that in a lifetime, every person holds this virus eventually.
Also known as oral herpes, HSV-1 affects the mouth and the face; resulting in cold sores and fever blisters.
On the other hand, HSV-2 causes genital herpes outbreaks.
At an early age, children can easily contract HSV-1 and can carry the infection their whole life. Through regular blood tests, you can diagnose HSV-1 and HSV-2 infections.
If there are sores found on your genitals, doctors will send a sample of fluid from the sore for testing. Medications such as acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir help infected individuals to lower the intensity of outbreaks.
Is There a Cure for Herpes?
The long held belief that herpes is just as widely accepted and as incurable as the common cold is slowly starting to change. According to a February data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics the extent of the herpes epidemic is concerning.
With current data reflecting, that in the United States alone over 750,000 new cases of herpes infections are reported every year.
Quite alarming figures especially when coupled with the increased risk for pregnant women, newborn babies and with the incidence of herpes encephalitis on the rise.
New Information About a Possible Cure for Herpes
Up until recent years there had been little progress made in the conventional antiviral and vaccine therapy fields.
Sadly, those once hopeful clinical trials from Genocea, Vical and Rational Vaccines have all completely dissolved in 2017/2018, without even progressing through the initial phases of testing.
With Rational Vaccines currently under Federal investigation for their inappropriate, risk disclose to participants. A recent study by Synergy Pharmaceuticals may set a new stream of thought on the topic by bringing back traditional natural medicine as an opportunity to make a difference.
Their study served to investigate a relatively novel approach to breaking down the herpes viral envelope by employing specific T Cells generated through a particular Amino Acid formula.
This component was part of five core compounds (5CC) comprising of Rhodiola, Tribulus, Astragalus, Lysine and the Amino Acid Formula, itself a proprietary blend.
This research shows considerable avenues especially in the natural approach to viral infection treatment options. Not only that but it is the first study that has documented herpes serum antibody results that confirmed a positive to negative transition for participants in 72% of cases.
Synergy Pharmaceuticals Herpes Treatment Study
The aim of this study was to explore alternative substitutes to treat herpes simplex virus infection and prevent viral reproduction. Testing was performed using the 5CC with immunotherapeutic features to be able to neutralize herpes viral activity inside the human body.
For the first time, this study highlighted the combinations capacity to act by preventing cell-to-cell infection to suppress the activity of the virus.
The study also focused on the immune-inhibiting properties of the 5CC which indicated cell membrane breakdown and eradication. A randomized, investigator-blinded method was performed on patients with a moderate to high positive concentration of herpes serum antibodies.
A longitudinal approach was adopted over 6 months, where participants infection rates were measured at various points during the treatment. Many of the participants had been infected for several years, as such an IgG herpes antibody serology blood test analysis was applied.
The IgG index levels were monitored with specific markers throughout the study to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and the progress made.
The selection of these patients was based on specific criteria with the exclusion of patients who received antiviral treatment within the last 2 months, pregnant, lactating women, and patients with low immunity and patients with allergy to substances in the 5 core compounds.
The results have validated the earlier aims that 5CC provides far greater elimination in viral cell breakdown than any other conventional antiviral medication or vaccine thus far. Antiviral activity of 5CC against HSV-1 and HSV-2 was tested in vitro on RC-37 cells using a plaque reduction assay.
The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 5CC for herpes simplex virus plaque formation was 0.0009% and 0.0008%. The further tests of 5CC exhibited higher levels of virucidal activity against HSV-1 and HSV-2 in viral suspension. Virus HSV-1 and HSV-2 titers were reduced significantly with 5CC to the point of negative ranges 0.01 – 0.09 in 72% as the median.
Follow up investigtions with Synergy Pharmaceuticals have shown that further promising results have been demonstrated with the public, still utilising the same 5CC from the study.
The researchers reflected though, that there is however no immunity for sufferers once clear of the herpes virus. Potentially leaving the door open to reinfection later if the individual is not careful.
This study though may well pave the way for a departure from the standard antiviral pharmaceutical mentality. Which has for so many years monopolized the viral disease medical association’s culture on treatment options.
Hepatitis A & B
Hepatitis is an STD that attacks your liver, and it can come in three different forms. Contracting any of the Hepatitis infections can severely damage your liver, which is why it is important you understand how to avoid and manage it.
There are multiple ways to contract hepatitis. Patients can transmit the virus from saliva when the patient has a viral load of more than one million, however, hepatitis is rarely transmitted through saliva.
Hepatitis A and B are both incurable, yet there are vaccines available for both.
The body clears both Hepatitis A and B within a few months, but it has retroactive effects.
If a person is affected with Hepatitis B, it stays intact inside the body for about six months, and some medications can slow the damaging of your liver.
Recently, a similar cure for Hepatitis C (which is a type of HPV) was developed as well.
Gonorrhea has uncurable effects so you should keep your fingers crossed you don’t run into it.
Gonorrhea spreads easily through moist and warm areas of the body such as:
- Female Reproductive Tract
The symptoms are either noticeable within 14 days, or they never develop in some cases. Both men and women can contract Gonorrhoea. Various healthcare professionals can diagnose a gonorrhea infection in various ways.
The medications for curing the disease include an antibiotic injection of Ceftriaxone once or a single oral intake of Azithromycin. If you see symptoms of Gonorrhoea, you must seek medical attention.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is also known as genital warts.
Different HPV infections cause warts infecting different areas of the body, and some HPV infections lead to cancers.
Due to this, HPV can cause cancers in multiple places throughout the body.
Some vaccinations can help protect against genital HPV.
A common wart appears like rough raised bumps appearing on the hands, elbows, and fingers, and plantar warts are grainy growths that appear on the heels and cause discomfort.
Lastly, flat warts can appear anywhere on your skin that is flat-topped and slightly lesions.
Vaccines such as Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix are some of the medications which protect against genital warts.
How to Stay Healthy When You Have an STD?
STDs have a funny way to enter our lives; a night of great pleasure turns the rest of the living days of any individual to a nightmare or a medicine fest. As STDs crawl slowly into the body doing its primary job, (killing the immune system), the life of a person associated with STD becomes extremely difficult.
But like it is said, not all is lost. A person with an STD can indeed live a normal and healthy life, thanks to medicinal progress and a plethora of options promoting an organic lifestyle.
Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy if you have STD!
Stay Close to Vegetables and Maintain a Green Lifestyle:
Staying healthy is something we are all taught since childhood. Whether we have chosen to listen to this advice or not in this past, now is the time. In the case of an STD, it is important for your body to get accustomed to a green diet. Here are few points for your quick checklist:
Include them in good proportions, but stay away from products that are too much starch and sugar. Carbohydrates will give you energy and further strengthen the immunity system. Carbohydrates (including starches and sugars) give you energy.
Say hello to protein as it will help you build muscles and a strengthen your immune system.
Include good fat in your diet as it will give you the energy to fight weakness.
Vitamins and Minerals
Include vitamins as they help you regulate the body processes. Drink a lot of water, as it detoxifies your body, increases the level of minerals in your body and makes up other body tissues. Water also acts as a medium to gives your cells shape.
Things to Avoid When You Have an STD:
- Avoid eating seafood, meat, and raw eggs. A strict no to oysters/shellfish and sushi.
- Avoid alcohol and quit smoking permanently.
- Avoid the usage of drugs
Water & STDs – Things to Know
- Wash your hands regularly to avoid catching infections. Remember, even the air we breathe is polluted.
- Water is a carrier of diseases when it is in its polluted form. Avoid drinking water from ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams.
- We recommend you purchase store sealed water bottles for an infection-free body.
- While traveling, water safety becomes questionable. Avoid taking unpasteurized drinks and juice. Make bottled water your best friend.
- Use hand sanitizer when outside.
- To avoid getting any water-borne diseases, we recommend you use boiled water only for cooking and drinking.
- Wash your utensils more actively than before, and use clean cut boards to chop your vegetables.
- Make sure you use a different cutting board for raw meats.
Other Essential Tips to Consider for Maintaining a Healthy Life When you Have an STD:
Get Tested Regularly for Any Other STD:
Adding another STD (considering the immunity system is weak) into the body can worsen your conditions, but if a regular check-up is scheduled, things can be controlled. An STD Panel Test is recommended for people who already have an STD.
The panel test helps you get tested for the ten most common sexually transmitted diseases.
Try to Stay Stress-free:
Staying stress-free should be your motto for life. Stress can deeply affect your appetite and make your immune system weaker. To reduce stress you should:
- Listen to meditative music and practice Yoga.
- Try getting involved in a few extra-curricular activities as they will help you control your adrenaline levels and stay focused.
- Read books.
Exercise Your Mind and Body:
It is important to keep both your mind and body in sync with one another, regardless of having an STD or not.
Perform regular physical exercises like biking, jogging, walking, swimming, or any other exercise of choice to develop your physical stamina. Physical exercise helps keep depression in check, amongst other benefits.
On the other hand, mental exercises (like puzzles), which challenge your brain are strongly recommended.
These mental exercises will help in maintaining your cognitive health. The combination of physical and mental exercise will keep your mind and body perfectly balanced, and thus, strengthening your immune system.
Get A Lot of Sleep:
Lack of sleep in the case of individuals with STDs is common. Many patients have complained about insomnia to their doctors.
A sleep disorder can ruin your immunity system, so it is essential to get regular and quality sleep. The best way to enhance your sleep cycle is to reduce caffeine from your diet, do yoga and meditation regularly, and eat shortly before you go to bed.
There are other ways to improve your sleeping cycle, like listening to meditation music and practicing recommended Yoga asanas like Balasana, Viparita Karani, and Modified Sucirandhrasana. You can watch some YouTube videos to gain an understanding of these asanas.
Taking Extra Care of Your Oral and Dental Health:
When a person is diagnosed with an STD, many symptoms affect the oral health as well. Examples of oral health issues include Thrush, Fever Blisters,
Dryness in mouth, Oral Warts and Canker sores. As these symptoms grow in their magnitude of effect, it becomes difficult to swallow and eat.
The impact of these issues makes maintenance of dental hygiene an integral step for dealing with an STD.
Follow These Simple Steps and Improve Your Dental and Oral Hygiene:
- Flossing is a great way to remove the extra and tiny deposits on your tongue or inside the cracks of your teeth.
- Say no to acidic food items
- Consult your dentist regularly for any unwanted dental issue.
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
Concluding Thoughts – Staying Healthy With an Incurable STD
The easiest way to stay healthy during this critical and continuous time of your life is to maintain discipline, not only in diet but in everything that has a potential to damage your immune system.
Medical science needs more advancement for curing incurable diseases. The above-mentioned STDs are incurable, yet they are manageable.
With the help of medications and lifestyle changes, you can improve your health and improve your body by lowering the risk of cancer-causing trauma.
However, it is also important to consider a healthy sexual lifestyle before anything else. Medication is an alternative to control harsh symptoms, but it is not better than preventing STDs in the first place.
Follow these steps and practice safe sex.
STD is not a life stopper but a chance to renovate your health mechanism from scratch. You simply have to take extra care of your health.
If you are successful in doing so, then you can have a normal, healthy and happy life the way you deserve it.
All of this requires a little bit more focus, but it is worth it to stay healthy happy!
The bottom line is that you must regularly visit your doctor to recognize better-emerging indications related to STDs.