Last Updated on June 4, 2020 by Saurabh Sethi, MD, MPH
There has long been stigma attached to people who contract an STD. Even when it’s a common STD such as herpes, people tend to be very judgmental. Even when someone has cold sores, they often get strange looks and are given a wide berth in public spaces. Saddest of all, most people reacting poorly are likely experiencing a version of the same infection, but they don’t know it. According to the World Health Organization:
- About 3.7 billion people under 50, or 67 percent of the population, have the herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV1.
- About 417 million people between 15 and 49, or 11 percent of the world’s population, have the herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV2.
Herpes Simplex Virus
The herpes simplex virus comes in two varieties: HSV1 and HSV2. Type 1 is commonly transmitted through oral contact and causes oral herpes; cold sores is one of the most common symptoms. However, HSV1 can also cause genital herpes. HSV2 is commonly transmitted during sex and causes genital herpes, but it can also cause oral herpes. There’s no cure for either infection. Most folks choose to monitor the condition and take medication during flare-ups.
Many herpes infections don’t cause symptoms. However, those who experience symptoms can get uncomfortable blisters or ulcers at the infection site. The herpes virus is most easily transmitted when symptoms are present.
That’s why the folks at STDCheck want you to understand the infection and how it’s transmitted so that they can help you feel better faster. So, how can telemedicine help you get through your next outbreak?
Benefits of Telemedicine
Through the use of the internet, telemedicine is now able to help more people in remote areas or with mobility problems get medical advice from the comfort of their own home. STDCheck applies this same concept for those who would rather not deal with the social stigma, but still want access to medical care.
Telemedicine breaks down geographic restrictions to healthcare. Before telemedicine, your medical records could only be shared via mail, unless you could get physical copies to give to your doctor. Sometimes, this delayed or prevented people from getting treatment.
Meanwhile, telemedicine reduces healthcare costs for the patients and doctors.
With telemedicine technology, you get instant access to doctors, and you can talk to a primary care doctor who has immediate access to consult with specialists. This concept is nothing new; populations in Antarctica and war zones sometimes get medical care via online doctors. Fragile patients don’t have to be put at risk with the help of remote diagnoses, and this is great news if you want to use teleservices to get treatment or prescriptions for HSV1 or HSV2 without letting everyone know about your condition.
How STDCheck Can Help
STDCheck is an online platform that you can access on your cell phone or computer. When you get an outbreak, you fill out a questionnaire, order a test, and can also get a hassle-free prescription. After you make a payment, you take a test, and a doctor reviews your case and sends a prescription to your local pharmacy. All this typically happens in less than a few days. Time is of the essence to reduce transmission risk and to minimize outbreaks. The platform provides a vital service and is private, convenient, fast, and secure.
Even though there’s no cure for herpes, if you treat it right away, you might be able to reduce the pain and discomfort of an outbreak. If you act fast, during the early stages of an outbreak, you can shorten the timeline with as little impact to your love life as possible.
With traditional medicine and doctor’s visits, you would need a qualified medical doctor who can issue prescriptions for the most effective medication for you. That’s why we make sure you can get these common HSV1 and HSV2 oral medications without any issues or red tape:
- Xerese (topical)
Since a doctor evaluates your test, you can rest easy knowing that your STDCheck health professional understands that time is of the essence. Best of all, since our doctors are on call, you never need an appointment.
There’s a Better Solution
If you have to wait to make an appointment, your symptoms can become worse or spread. That’s why STDCheck’s telemedicine alternative is the best way to get the care you need faster, beginning treatment in as fast as within 24 hours of first seeing or feeling herpes symptoms and receiving a positive test result. Timely treatment over their platform saves you travel time and long waits at your GP.
This affordable alternative also preserves your privacy.
The next time you spot something suspicious below the belt, contact a telemedicine professional first.
Visit the STDCheck website today for more information on how the STDCheck process can help you get herpes treatment faster.
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