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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs, also called STDs) can be stressful and even scary. From trichomoniasis to chlamydia, these conditions often need medical care to protect your health and wellness. However, visits to your healthcare provider can be financially or personally inconvenient for some. Which might lead you to ask—is it possible to test for or treat STIs without heading to your healthcare provider’s office?
Fortunately, clinics aren’t always your only option. With the right tools and guidance, you can support your sexual health right from your very home. If you suspect or know you have an STI, keep reading to learn when an STI can be tested for or treated at home and how to get treatment for an STI without going to a healthcare provider.
Despite their stigma, STIs are incredibly common, and some might even be called “normal.” In fact, over half of the US population will contract an STI during their lifetime.  To understand your treatment options, it’s important to learn more about these conditions that could affect your life.
STIs include any infection spread between people during sexual activity—that includes vaginal, anal, or oral sex.  With proper treatment, some STIs may pose little to no major health risks. How long can an STI stay dormant without symptoms? The answer can depend on the person and the type of STI: some infections can go latent, which means long periods of time without any symptoms, but the virus or bacterium still lives in your body (like the kind of herpes that causes cold sores). However, STIs left untreated can lead to poor health outcomes, like: 
No matter the diagnosis, you should always seek some form of medical care for STIs. Delaying testing or treatment is not worth the health risks.
No two STIs are exactly the same. Depending on the type of infection, STIs can be curable or treatable, benign or possibly deadly, and hidden or symptomatic. Luckily, a large portion of STIs can be tested for and treated without an in-person visit to a healthcare provider.
Conditions you may be able to treat without in-person care include:
The good news? If caught early enough with STI screening, you may be able to test for or treat all of these STIs via telehealth without going to a healthcare provider’s office. Let’s explore your top options for testing for and treating these conditions at home.
Whether you have a busy schedule or a tight budget, in-person healthcare provider visits can be tricky. Luckily, our increasingly connected world gives you more medical care options than ever before—including testing for and treating STIs at home.
To save yourself at least one trip, you can get to know your STI testing and treatment options away from a healthcare provider’s office.
Telemedicine or telehealth is a miracle of the modern age. Through technology, licensed medical professionals can help diagnose and treat your conditions—all from your preferred location. 
Typically, a telemedicine appointment is conducted over the phone, video chat, or website portals where you can safely and securely share pictures and personal information. If you can’t visit a healthcare provider in person, healthcare professionals can help you diagnose, treat, and prevent STIs through these digital exchanges.
Consider using telehealth services if you have:
While telemedicine can be an excellent alternative to visiting a healthcare provider’s office, not every situation can be solved through technology. Painful or bothersome symptoms should be addressed by a healthcare provider in person, since they could mean a high-risk medical situation. Similarly, home STI testing results, or some treatment options may require in-person assistance.
Whether curable or not, many STIs have a prescription medication in its typical treatment protocol. Once a healthcare provider has prescribed the appropriate medication, you can pick it up at a pharmacy—no clinic visits are required.
For all STIs, oral and topical prescription medications will fall into these two categories:
Prescription medication is a crucial step in treating many STIs, whether bacterial or viral.
At the end of the day, STIs are bodily infections, just like a cold or the flu. To fight them off and prevent further infection, you need to take safety precautions and support your overall well-being.
Beyond necessary prescriptions, you can help your body heal and prevent future STIs through these self-care practices:
If you’re nervous to talk to your healthcare provider about STDs, we understand. However, just know that healthcare providers are on your side. Even if you’re stressed or anxious, they can help you detect any infection with expertise.
That being said, you don’t always need to visit a clinic to get accurate STI test results. Thanks to modern medicine, you can test for all major STIs right from your home. Research shows that home testing kits can increase accurate diagnoses while reducing medical costs—a win for all involved. 
Whether you’re at a high or low risk of STIs, you can never be too safe. That’s where our team can lend a protective hand. Take control of your sexual health with the Everlywell at-home lab tests like the STD Test for Women and the STD Test for Men.
Testing for six common STIs, our panel is a one-stop shop check on your sexual health. Additionally, with Everlywell's option for STD treatment online, it's easy to schedule a video call and speak with a healthcare provider at your convenience—and receive a care plan that may prescriptions if applicable.
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