Treatments for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children

STD treatment depends on the particular STD you have. For example, gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics, while herpes may need to be treated with anti-viral agents, creams, acid medicines or laser therapy. No matter the STD, it's important to get tested at the first sign and to start treatment right away to avoid more serious problems.

STD Treatment at Boston Children's Hospital

The Gynecology Program and the Division of Infectious Diseases offer children and parents STD testing, treatment and support.

  • At the Adolescent/Young Adult Medical Practice, physicians with special training in adolescent medicine work collaboratively with a team of nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, HIV counselors and mental health professionals to meet the health care needs of adolescents and young adults, ages 10 to 23.
  • The Center for Young Women's Health offers a host of programs and health education programs for girls struggling with sexual health issues.

Boston Children's is also home to specialized programs that focus on groups at particular risk for STD problems:

  • The Young Parents Program (YPP), part of the Children's Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC) At Boston Children's Hospital, provides quality STD care and education to teen parents and their children in low-income and at-risk environments.
  • BostonHAPPENS (HIV Adolescent Provider & Peer Education Network for Services) Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides services and support to HIV infected, homeless and at-risk adolescents and young adults, 12 to 24 years old, in the Metropolitan Boston area. The program also provides free HIV counseling and testing.