In addition to the resources listed below, many city and state agencies — as well as colleges and universities — offer programs that provide STD information and treatment. Most are free or low-cost.
Most of these organizations provide information and resources on sexual health as well as on STDs, specifically.
Advocates for Youth
American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
National Coalition for Sexual Health
Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-PLAN
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health: 1-800-994-9662
World Health Organization: Sexual Health
Coping, Advocacy, and Support
If you’re living with a sexually transmitted infection, it can help to connect with others facing the same health and, often, social challenges.
ASHA: Sexual Health STI Support Group and Discussion Community
DailyStrength: Sexually Transmitted Diseases — Female Support Group
Dating With Herpes.org
International Community of Women Living With HIV (ICW)
The STD Project: STD Support Groups
Statistics and Facts
These organizations track statistics related to STDs, and some of them additionally track federal and state policies related to sex education, birth control, and STD prevention and treatment.
Guttmacher Institute: United States HIV & STIs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: AIDSinfo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): STD Data and Statistics
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Medication and Therapies
Some STDs can be cured with medication, some can be prevented with vaccines, and others cannot be cured but can be managed with antiviral or other therapies.
Antibiotics for chlamydia:
Antivirals for genital herpes:
- Valtrex (valacyclovir)
Vaccines for hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV):
- Hepatitis B adult vaccine
- Hepatitis B pediatric vaccine
- HPV vaccine
Antivirals for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV):
- Antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV infection — FDA
- FDA-approved HIV Medicines — HHS
Topical preparations for warts caused by HPV:
- Podophyllum resin
Antibiotics for gonorrhea:
- Rocephin (ceftriaxone)
Antibiotics for syphilis:
Resources for Healthy Living
Sexual feelings and preferences exist throughout a lifetime, although they can change over time and are likely to be expressed differently at different stages of life. These resources address sexuality at various ages and in various circumstances.
Sexuality Resource Center for Parents
Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World
The Naked Truth: Living With an STD
Cosmopolitan: What Living With an STI Is Really Like
HelpGuide.org: Better Sex as You Age
National Institute on Aging: Sexuality in Later Life
Patient Blogs and Stories
Read how others have dealt with STDs as well as other issues around sexuality and relationships.
The STD Project: Blog
Finding a Treatment Facility
In most cases, a primary-care doctor or obstetrician-gynecologist can test and treat for STDs. Some geographic areas have STD clinics devoted just to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. This tool from the CDC can help locate the nearest location that tests for and treats STDs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): GetTested
Research on STDs ranges from drug trials to studies on ways to prevent the transmission of infections in certain populations.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): Clinical Trials