Spare the Doctor, Spoil Public Health

Turning to the Internet to treat sexually transmitted infections may spare embarrassment, but online treatments are often sub-optimal or incorrect and contribute to antibiotic resistance.

For example, effective treatment for gonorrhea—which affects 30,000 people in the UK—requires both an injection and tablets, which can only be accessed at a sexual health clinic or general practitioner. Online treatment also poses risks of inaccurate diagnoses, and does not consider the rights of partners.

To mitigate these risks, health officials must step up and offer better guidelines for online medical management, writes Verity Sullivan, a sexual health and HIV specialist registrar at King's College hospital.
The Guardian

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