If you’ve been diagnosed with an STD or are looking to get tested for one, you may be wondering if it’s possible to get this kind of treatment in an online setting. After all, there are quite a few benefits that may come with this method; it allows you to maintain a greater level of privacy than making a physical appearance at a doctor’s office, as well as offering much more convenience than having to travel away from home for treatment.
The good news is this: yes, it’s possible to get treatmed for STDs online. In fact, as telehealth services in general have improved and become more widespread, STD treatment has shared in this benefit, and it’s easier than ever to get effective treatment from the comfort of your own home.
But there’s more to the story, and if you’re considering looking further into online STD treatment, it’s important to do your research when it comes to how the process typically works, some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy by pursuing treatment in this way, and what you should look for in treatment providers you’re considering working with. We’ll be covering all of that in this blog post.
How does online STD treatment work?
Online STD treatment typically comes down to three steps:
Having a doctor review your information and provide you with a treatment plan
Following up on treatment by acquiring medications, getting tested, or any other necessary tasks
Generally, you can follow all of these steps from home without having to physically step foot in a doctor’s office, pharmacy, or even a testing site in many cases. However, that isn’t always the case. Under certain circumstances, in-person testing or a physical check-up from a doctor may be necessary for receiving adequate medical treatment. The right course of action will depend on the treatment guidelines you’re provided after your initial review.
As far as any needed tests or medications, you can perform at-home tests for several different types of STIs and STDs and send them to a secure lab facility for analysis without visiting in person, and online pharmacies can deliver most medications you may need to your doorstep.
The benefits of getting treatment online
As mentioned previously, privacy and discretion may be some of your primary concerns when it comes to getting treated for an STD.
Depending on the condition you’re suffering from, a diagnosis could make certain important parts of life, particularly personal relationships, more challenging, and you may find it most prudent to maintain a certain level of privacy (for yourself, anyone you suspect you may have received the STD from, or both) until you’re certain of the diagnosis.
The severity of your symptoms may also play a major role in your decision-making process. If the symptoms of your condition are causing you a sufficient amount of pain to make travel a daunting prospect, even for necessary medical treatment, handling the whole process from home offers an incredibly beneficial solution.
Finding the right treatment providers
When it comes to both finding the right doctors and the right online pharmacies to begin and continue your STD treatment online, there are certain factors you should take into consideration. Specifically, you should:
Take affordability and insurance coverage into consideration
Ensure the doctors you’re working with are board-certified
Extensively research an online pharmacy you’re considering ordering from
Make sure any information submitted to treatment providers is secure
GoodMDs is a HIPAA-compliant service that can connect you with a board-certified doctor to get started on your STD treatment from home. Contact us now with any questions or to schedule an appointment.