You may not need treatment for cervicitis caused by something other than a sexually transmitted infection (STI). If you have cervicitis caused by an STI, both you and your partner are likely to need treatment.
Prescription medications often can clear up the inflammation of cervicitis. Your treatment may include:
- An antibiotic medication, for a bacterial infection such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
- An antiviral medication, for a viral infection such as genital herpes. However, antiviral medication doesn't cure herpes, which is a chronic condition and may be passed on to your partner at any time.
Your doctor may recommend repeat testing for cervicitis caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia.
To avoid passing a bacterial infection along to your partner, abstain from sexual intercourse until you're finished with the treatment recommended by your doctor.
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