Medications Prescribed for STDs
Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections like chlamydia and similar STDs. It’s usually taken in a single dose, but your doctor may prescribe a longer treatment regime, depending on your infection.
Azithromycin is used to treat bacterial infections such as those caused by gonorrhea and similar STDs, and can be taken as a single dose or a short course, depending on the severity of your infection.
OTC medication for STDs is usually given to provide symptomatic relief and isn’t intended to treat and cure an infection.
Common OTC options include Tylenol and Advil, which can help alleviate STD-related discomforts like pain or fever.
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Common Questions About STDs
Although there are over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you can use to treat STDs without seeing a doctor, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention to ensure an accurate diagnosis, receive appropriate treatment, and prevent further complications or transmission to others.
Online or virtual STD consultations, like the ones offered by LifeMD, can be a convenient way to receive medical care from the comfort of your home.
You can discuss your symptoms or concerns with healthcare practitioners remotely. They will then guide you through the appropriate testing and treatment options.
Your doctor will also be available for follow-up consultations, if necessary.
LifeMD uses a secure, private video or chat-based communication channel for consultations. These virtual appointments allow you to have a confidential conversation with a licensed medical professional from the comfort of your own home.
During your appointment, it’s important to be as open and honest as possible about your symptoms, sexual history, and concerns so that your provider can offer the appropriate care.
Although LifeMD cannot perform a virtual STD test, your doctor can easily write you a lab order for the test you need. They can also send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy for the medication you need to treat an STD.
The time it takes to receive STD results depends on several factors, including the type of test being performed and the facility’s processing time.
In most cases, STD results will be available within a few days. It’s best to consult with your medical provider for an estimate on when you can expect your results.
At LifeMD, we prioritize patient privacy and confidentiality just as traditional in-person services do. We adhere to strict privacy and security measures to protect patients’ information.
Our platform also uses encrypted communication channels that comply with regulations like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Acts (HIPAA) in the United States.
If you are sexually active or have multiple partners, it’s recommended to get tested for STDs at least once a year. Your healthcare provider will also recommend a specific testing regimen if you are currently receiving treatment for an STD.
If you’ve tested positive for an STD, it’s recommended that your partner or partners get tested as well. This can help prevent spreading the infection to more people.
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to infected genital fluids, be sure to get an STD test as soon as possible.This will ensure you get started on treatment right away, helping to prevent long-term health complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
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