Can STD Come Back?

STD, also known as sexually transmitted diseases, are the infections exchanged after having sexual relations with a partner who already has an STD. Any sexual activity that includes the mouth, anus or vagina can transmit the disease. It is a serious disease that should be treated properly with the course of prescribed medicines. Chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis have the effective treatment through antibiotics and can be cured successfully. But these diseases can return back. You should be careful enough even after being treated.

Can STD Come Back?

Can STD Come Back?

Sexually transmitted diseases are the serious type of illness that can infect you again. Getting rid of the disease is not enough; many things should be taken care of. The reasons behind the relapse of STDs are-

Improper Treatment or Incorrect Medication

STDs are tackled by antibiotics by your physician after proper identification of the causative organism. The antibiotics are recommended in a course for certain days. You should follow the guidelines and the course as advised by the physician even if you feel better before the complete course.

Stopping medications before the course will not cure the STD of the root and its chances of relapse increases. The STD will become complicated for your physician to cure next time due to resistance developed against the antibiotic in the body. Every STD has the different causative organism and different medicines are essential to be prescribed to deal with them.

You cannot choose antibiotics by your own neither you can switch to wrong ones even after the prescription. Wrong medication can also happen if your physician prescribes incorrect ones. Incorrect medication may lead to the repetition of the STD.

Untreated Regular Partner

The chances of recurrence of the STDs increase even after your successful treatment if you have an untreated partner. It is equally important for your regular partner to know about your infection. Your partner should also be treated along with you. If your partner is left untreated, you can catch the infection and re-infect your partner and the cycle goes on.

Even if you are treated, you have to wait until the treatment had enough time to work before you can resume sexual intimacy. If you do not wait, the result can be serious health problems for you. Sexual activities should be avoided at least if you want unprotected sex.

Contact with a new STD

If you are treated for STD successfully, it does not rule out the chance of getting it again. Many people suffer from the STD again and again. The main reason behind its recurrence is unprotected sex with new partners who have STD or who are not treated properly. If you have to get rid of STD and you don’t want another one, you have to change your behavior. It means to avoid the risk, you should practice safe sex with new partners, talk to them about it and get the untreated condition resolved.

Other Reasons

Chlamydia can recur again even after successful treatment as chlamydia can hide in our gut and reappear again.

Gonorrhea has become antibiotic resistant nowadays. It is treated with specific antibiotics which are expensive and effective. The gonorrhea survivors need to be tested to watch out the treatment is effective or not.

Trichomoniasis has the most effective treatment than any STD. Men are often not tested for the disease as they show no serious symptoms. Thus, they remain untreated and spread infections in their female partners.


If the diagnosis regarding STD is confirmed, you should know that it can return back. If you do not want to be infected again, avoid the above-stated reasons and opt safe sex by the use of condoms, dental dams and other barriers to secure yourself. You are not going to get STD every time you are involved in sex, but safe sex will ensure your protection each and every time.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 15, 2018

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