Abstinence during an STI treatment

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Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis

If you are being treated for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or Syphilis you are advised not to involve in any sexual intercourse:

  •         For 7 days after single-dose antibiotics (OR)
  •         Until 7-day treatment is complete (AND)
  •         Your sex partner also completes treatment


It takes 7 days for the medication to clear these infections from your body. Having sex within 7 days of treatment carries the risk of exposing you to STI again. The treatment will not work completely if you are exposed within those 7 days.

Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes cannot be cured completely. Your doctor will prescribe medication to stop outbreaks or reduce symptoms. Abstain from sexual activity when symptoms like lesions are present. You can also spread the infection when symptoms are not present. Hence, it is extremely important to use a condom when you have sex.


The amount of HIV in your blood is called viral load. Taking medicines prescribed for HIV will suppress the viral load to a minimal level. If your viral load goes down to a certain level that it becomes undetectable in a lab test, the risk of transmission to your partner also goes down. However, it is important to continue taking your medication as the viral load can shoot up easily. You should involve in any sexual activity using barrier protection.

Candida, Trichomoniasis

Having sex with either of these infections can be extremely uncomfortable. The symptoms can worsen due to the skin to skin contact and friction. Inserting male genitalia, finger, tongue or any sex toy can introduce new bacteria and increase the severity of the infection. Sexual activity before your treatment is complete can only lengthen your healing process. Hence, it’s best to maintain abstinence until your treatment is complete and you’ve healed.