The first effective treatment for a sexually transmitted disease was salvarsan, a treatment for syphilis. With the discovery of antibiotics, a large number of sexually transmitted diseases became easily curable, and this, combined with effective public health campaigns against venereal diseases, led to a public perception during the 1960s and 1970s that they had ceased to be a serious medical threat.

  1. Although self-care can relieve some of the pain of genital herpes or genital warts that has recurred after being diagnosed and treated by a physician, other venereal diseases symptoms require immediate medical attention.
  2. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and other venereal diseases caused by bacteria. Although prompt diagnosis and early treatment almost always cures these venereal diseases, new infections can develop if exposure continues or is renewed. Viral infections can be treated symptomatically with antiviral medications