I posted a few weeks back and thanks for your reply. While I was waiting for my appointment at PP to come up, I was reading some other postings on this board, and two questions came to mind:
1) Do symptoms of gono/chlamydia ever show up, last for a few days, then disappear for good (while the virus stays with you)? Or is the discharge/painful urination usually constant until treated?
2) I read where you referenced that these stds may have cleared up on their own, even within weeks in some cases. I have never heard this before - I had always read that antibiotics are needed. Are these viruses eventually attacked by your bodies defense systems and taken care of on their own?
I understand that someone should never "wait out" a possible illness and always get a check-up if at all at risk, but it seems that there may be some facts here that aren't always shared by the medical community.
Thanks again for this service - it's really interesting and helpful.
Most infections in humans clear up on their own, including the bacterial STD. In the pre-antibiotic era, "only" 10% of people with bacterial pneumonia died--a horribly high rate, but 90% cleared up. Same for most STDs. The viral STDs, like herpes and HIV, are exceptions; they last for life. (Gonorrhea and chlamydia are bacteria, not viruses.) Symptoms can come and go while the infection persists. You're right--you don't want to rely on the infection going away on its own; before it does, it may cause serious complications, and also can be transmitted to partners.
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