How are Sexually Transmitted Infections Treated?

Treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs) involves targeting the specific infection with appropriate medication or therapy, and early detection will help with effective management. Our dermatologist will assess your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. Both partners need to be treated to prevent reinfection.

Common STI treatments include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral medications
  • Topical treatments
  • Vaccinations

Common Types of STIs

A bacterial infection that often has no symptoms, but can cause pain and discharge if left untreated, potentially leading to serious reproductive health issues.

A bacterial infection characterized by thick, green or yellow discharge and pain during urination.

A bacterial STI that progresses through stages, beginning with sores and later causing rashes, fever, and even damage to internal organs if left untreated.

A group of viruses responsible for genital warts and certain types of cancers.

A viral STI causing painful sores in the genital area, which can be managed with antiviral medication but cannot be cured.

A virus that attacks the immune system, potentially leading to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) if left untreated; managed with antiretroviral therapy.

A common parasitic infection causing itching, burning, and discharge.

A viral infection affecting the liver and transmitted through sexual contact, blood, or sharing needles.


STI symptoms can vary depending on the specific infection, but some common signs may indicate the presence of an STI.

  • Itching or irritation: Unusual itching or irritation around the genital area
  • Discharge: Abnormal vaginal or penile discharge
  • Painful urination: Painful or burning sensation during urination
  • Rashes or sores: Presence of rashes, sores, or blisters around the genitals or mouth

STI Screening Methods

Your doctor may employ various diagnostic methods to ensure an accurate assessment of your condition.

Your doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination of the affected area, checking for visible symptoms such as sores, rashes, or discharge. This initial assessment helps to narrow down potential infections and guide further testing.

Samples of blood, urine, or discharge may be collected for laboratory analysis. These tests can detect the presence of specific infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or syphilis, providing a definitive diagnosis and guiding treatment decisions.

Imaging tests, like ultrasounds, may be needed to determine the extent of damage caused by an STI and identify potential complications that may arise.

Treatment Options


Most bacterial STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis, can be treated effectively with antibiotics.

Antiviral medications

For viral STIs like herpes and HIV, antiviral medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission, but they can't cure the infection completely.

Topical creams and ointments

In some cases, like genital warts caused by HPV, your dermatologist may prescribe topical treatments to reduce the size and appearance of warts.


For persistent genital warts, cryotherapy is a treatment option that involves freezing the warts using liquid nitrogen to remove them.


Preventative vaccines are available for certain STIs, such as hepatitis B and HPV, and are recommended for individuals at risk to help protect against infection.

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Risk Factors

If you engage in any of the following, you may be at high risk of contracting an STI:

  • Engaging in unprotected sex
  • Having multiple sexual partners
  • Having a history of STIs
  • Sexual contact with high-risk individuals
  • Lack of vaccinations for hepatitis B and HPV
  • Using contaminated needles for drug use or tattooing
  • Engaging in commercial sex work

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MBBS (S'pore) MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)

Special Interests In:
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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
  • Specialist Accreditation Board, Dermatology (Singapore)
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Self-treatment of an STI is not recommended, as proper diagnosis and treatment by a qualified professional is the proper route for effective management and prevention of complications.

    Over-the-counter medications may help relieve certain symptoms, but prescription medications from a qualified professional will help to address potential long-term complications and clearing of the infection.

    The duration of an STI varies depending on the infection and treatment; bacterial STIs may be cured within a few weeks, while viral STIs may persist indefinitely but can be managed with medication.

    Ignoring an STI can lead to serious complications, such as infertility, chronic pain, or damage to internal organs, and may increase the risk of transmitting the infection to others.

    Some STIs, like herpes and HIV, are lifelong conditions that can be managed with medication, while others, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can be treated and cured with appropriate antibiotics.