Getting a prescription for treatment
Have questions about getting a prescription for medication?
In the event a test result comes back positive, doctors are available to prescribe medication to treat certain STDs. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about getting medication and other followup care. More questions? Don't hesitate to ask us.
Q: How is chlamydia treated?
If you test positive for chlamydia, you'll have the opportunity to speak with a doctor to discuss your test results. During this free phone conversation, you can get your questions answered, learn about the disease and how it can be treated. After, the doctor can electronically send a prescription for an antibiotic to your local pharmacy for easy pick-up.
Chlamydia is generally cured with a single dose of generic azithromycin.
Q: How is gonorrhea treated?
If you test positive for gonorrhea, you'll be able speak with a doctor right away to discuss your results and next steps. Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics, generally a single dose of generic cefixime.
We make it easy to get gonorrhea medication. The doctors electronically send a prescription to your nearby pharmacy for easy pick-up.
Q: How are herpes 1 and herpes 2 treated?
We test and treat for two types of herpes: herpes 1 and herpes 2. If you should test positive for either type, we can prescribe medication to help reduce the number of outbreaks and the spread to partners. Typically our doctors prescribe generic valacyclovir. There is no cure for herpes, but it can be effectively managed.
Q: Are there any exceptions?
Yes, if a patient is allergic to any medication, we will prescribe an alternative medication. If you're pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please let the doctor know. Also, if you are sick and feel ill, we will want you to be seen by a doctor before prescribing any medication.
Q: How much do medications cost? What about generics?
We always prescribe generic medication to reduce the cost to you. Medication for gonorrhea generally costs around $17 for the single dost. Chlamydia meds can cost around $10 for the single dose.
For herpes, a 3-day supply of valacyclovir, which is taken twice a day, can cost around $12. A 30-day supply of daily valacyclovir can run from $61 to $213. Of course, prices can, of course, vary depending on your pharmacy, any prescription insurance you may have, your co-pay and where you live.
Q: Can these medications interfere with my other medications?
For most people, the answer is no. If you're taking any medication, it's important to let the doctor know. He or she may want to make modifications, depending on your particular situation.
Q: How long do I have to take medication?
For chlamydia and gonorrhea, the antibiotic is just a single dose. Just one time. Herpes 2 can be treated with a medication that can either be taken every day or three times a day indefinitely. There are a variety of options for managing herpes 1 and herpes 2...if you test positive for either of these viruses, your doctor will help you sort through your treatment options.
Q: How will I know if I've been cured for chlamydia or gonorrhea?
The medications for chlamydia and gonorrhea are so effective that, if taken correctly, they do the trick. If someone is pregnant, hasn't taken the medication exactly as prescribed or still has symptoms, getting another test is recommended. Also, for peace of mind, if someone has symptoms after treatment, we also recommend they see a doctor as the symptoms may be caused by something other than gonorrhea or chlamydia. There is no "test of cure" for herpes as it can only be managed and not fully cured.
Q: Can you provide medication for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis or HIV?
Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis and HIV require more complicated treatment protocols. We will arrange a referral to a local physician in your area for follow-up treatment. We also provide transfer of all medical records and test results free of charge.