Some STIs are easy to cure. In these cases you get antibiotics or a lotion. Other STIs you never get rid of. Sometimes you can control the symptoms, like with genital herpes and genital warts. During STI treatment it is better to avoid sex. This helps your body to recover properly and it prevents you transmitting the STI to your partner. It is recommended that your sexual partner also has an STI test. There are no medications that can cure HIV. With HIV, you receive treatment for the rest of your life.