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3 things to look for when working with an online STD doctor
November 30, 2021 at 5:00 AM
Doctor Holding Cell Phone. Cell phones and other kinds of mobile devices and communications technologies are of increasing importance in the delivery of health care. Photographer Daniel Sone

Getting tested and treated for STDs is a stressful process, no matter what exactly that process looks like.

For many people, it’s an embarrassing thing to have to speak about with anyone, even a doctor, and the utmost discretion is essential as they follow up on any next steps they need to take for their medical well-being. It’s easiest to maintain that discretion when you can speak with a medical professional online instead of having to travel somewhere in person. Not only that, it can be more efficient and equally effective in many cases.

STD treatment should be treated extremely seriously, however, and part of that is thoroughly vetting any online STD doctor you’re planning on working with.

Maintaining your health in a convenient telehealth format is essential to us at Good MDs. Doing our part to help with that doesn’t just mean offering excellent, comprehensive testing and treatment options for conditions you may be suffering from. It also means giving you the tools you need to evaluate us or any other medical professionals you may be considering speaking with.

Read through the post below to learn more about 3 important points you should keep in mind when evaluating an online STD doctor, including which diseases they test and treat for, how their testing process works, and the costs associated with their treatment options.

Which STDs do they test for and treat?

One of the most important things to consider is which diseases your telehealth doctor can test and treat you for.

As mentioned in this article from Verywell Health, some common STDs most online doctors will test and treat you for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, hepatitis B, and syphilis. While these are some of the most common and serious diseases people will typically need medical attention for, there are many other conditions and infections that aren’t included in that list.

Good MDs works with patients to test and treat a comprehensive variety of sexual health problems. Aside from the conditions mentioned above, we can also help you with:

  • Trichomoniasis
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Epididymitis
  • Cold sores
  • Mycoplasma and ureaplasma
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Genital warts
  • Urethritis

How does your online STD doctor handle the testing process?

At-home STD tests are available for people who can’t or won’t, for various reasons, travel to a testing facility. That being said, there’s a good chance it won’t be as reliable as a test performed by a licensed medical professional.

That’s why even many telehealth doctors will refer patients to a local professional testing site, which will likely follow the same procedures as if it had been performed at a doctor’s office. This is a good sign, as your results are likely to be more accurate and the process is more transparent than if you were to send a sample to a specified location yourself.

How you get your results is also an important consideration for this point, especially when you’re trying to keep the process as discreet as possible. Know in advance how you’ll receive your results, whether it’s calling a number or receiving digital or physical mail, for confidentiality and accuracy concerns.

How much will testing and treatment cost?

When working with most medical care providers, even in a telehealth format, medical insurance is likely to be needed to help cover the costs of tests and treatments. This can particularly become an issue when it becomes clear that continuing treatment will be necessary in the event of a positive test result.

Good MDs won’t price you out of comprehensive medical care. We’re transparent about our pricing when it comes to testing and treatment for any STD you’re suffering from, and those prices won’t require you to have insurance.

Speak with an online STD doctor discreetly from home with Good MDs

We believe everyone should have convenient access to the medical care they need, and we’re committed to providing it. If you need to speak with a medical professional about STD testing and treatment, contact us now to schedule an appointment.