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  • Talk to a doctor from anywhere, in minutes; no in-office visits required.
  • Get professional medical care like lab orders and prescriptions.
  • Save the time, money, and effort of in-person doctor’s appointments.

Understanding STDs

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that spreads through sexual contact like vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Common STDs include gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV).
Many STDs can be asymptomatic — meaning that they don’t cause any symptoms. This is why regular STD testing and check-ups are essential for early detection and appropriate treatment. Speak to your healthcare provider for recommendations on how often you should get tested.
If you believe you’ve been exposed to an STD or if you just want to get checked for peace of mind, LifeMD is here to help. Licensed healthcare professionals can write lab orders, determine if you require testing, and provide prescriptions for any medications you may need.

How It Works

1. Schedule

Book a telehealth appointment from wherever you are. No insurance necessary.

2. Chat

Meet with a board-certified doctor or nurse practitioner from your mobile device.

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Get a prescription if needed (save up to 90%), and pick it up at your pharmacy.

Medications Prescribed for STDs

Antibiotics (Doxycycline, Azithromycin)

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.

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Acyclovir is an antiviral medication used to treat genital herpes and shingles. This antiviral drug can help reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks.

The dosage prescribed will depend on the infection being treated.

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Over-the-counter (OTC) medications

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

Can I treat an STD without going to the doctor?

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.

Are online treatments for STDs effective?

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.

How can I discreetly discuss my sexual health with my healthcare provider?

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.

Can LifeMD perform an STD test?

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.

How long will it take before I get my results?

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.

Will my STD results be private if I use LifeMD?

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.

For more information on patient confidentiality, you can read our Privacy Policy.

How often should I get tested for STDs?

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.

Will my health insurance pay for LifeMD?

LifeMD currently does not accept insurance for our memberships, however memberships are HSA/FSA eligible. Here are some other facts, tips, and pointers to help ensure you're saving on your medical care through LifeMD:

Prescription Medications: We strongly recommend using the health insurance you have to pay for your prescription medications. If you find that your copay is too high, try out our prescription discount card - you could save up to 95% off wholesale price! • Labs: Most labs are covered by insurance. LifeMD also offers significantly discounted lab pricing - up to 92% off! In many cases, we'll cover the cost of your labs. • Visits: While you can't use your insurance for LifeMD visits at this time, thankfully some (or all!) visits are included for free with LifeMD memberships. With the TotalCare plan, your first visit is on us. And the Concierge plan provides you with unlimited visits on us.

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