STD Awareness Month 2018: “Treat Me Right”
We know, we know. You’ve heard it a thousand times, and we’re here to tell you for the thousandth-and-one time: STDs are taking over. All jokes aside, the rise of STDs is a serious problem! Did you know that over 50% of sexually active people will contract an STD by the age of 25? Or that STDs are the most common infectious diseases in the United States? Don’t look at us! We’re just giving you the facts.
So, why exactly are we seeing a rise in sexually transmitted diseases lately? Many may think that the problem lies in an individual’s choice to take responsibility for their sexual health, while others may argue that the problem stems from a lack of quality healthcare. We’re here to tell you that both of those arguments have truth to them.
The Importance of Quality Healthcare This STD Awareness Month
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recognizes April as STD Awareness Month. Each year, there is a different message. For STD Awareness Month 2018, the message is: Treat Me Right. In an effort to stop the spread of STDs, the CDC and its partners are reaching out to healthcare providers and encouraging them to “treat their patients right” and provide the best patient care possible. This includes fostering a trusting relationship between patients and providers – from the initial conversation to diagnosis to treatment. It also means ensuring that patients are receiving the correct STD diagnosis and treatment.
However, healthcare providers are only one part of the picture. Patients are also responsible for communicating their symptoms and making an effort to stay safe and healthy. It is their responsibility to ask their provider for the care that they need and deserve and speak up when something is wrong. But of course, it’s also the responsibility of the doctor (or nurse) to ensure their patients feel comfortable being open and honest with them about their sexual health.
There are many circumstances in today’s healthcare system where healthcare professionals aren’t providing the appropriate care, or patients aren’t making an effort to maximize their sexual health. It’s instances like these that we are trying to prevent this STD Awareness Month.
Besafemeds Provides Anonymous STD Treatment
At besafemeds, we understand the importance of quality care, and we believe there needs to be an effort on both sides – as the patient and as the provider. We know that STDs can be uncomfortable and awkward to talk about. And we know the stigma surrounding STDs doesn’t make it any easier. That’s why we make it a part of our mission to provide our patients with private online STD treatment. Creating a process where our patients feel safe and comfortable is our number one goal.
From start to finish, our process is easy and is specifically designed to make our patient’s lives easier. All you have to do is fill out our quick diagnostic form, noting your symptoms, age, allergies (if any), etc. You will also be asked to provide your local zip code, in case a prescription to your nearest pharmacy is necessary. Once you submit the form, one of our licensed doctors or nurse practitioners will call you with an appropriate diagnosis. The best part? Your personal information is only temporarily stored in our system, and is scrubbed from it once you are treated.
We don’t only want to provide the best care that we can on our end, but we also want to encourage others to take responsibility for their sexual health. Therefore, we’ve also started a college initiative outreach program, where we visit college campuses across the U.S. encouraging people to talk openly and honestly about sex, and take the besafemeds pledge. By taking the besafemeds pledge, you agree to:
- Love yourself
- Love all Fearlessly
- Practice Safe Sex
- Get Tested
- Get Treated
- Understand NO means NO
- Respect your Partner
- Respect Others Sexual Orientation
With STD rates at an all-time high, it’s never been so important to protect your patient’s sexual health as a provider, or take responsibility for your own sexual health as a patient. The more quality care that is given, the weaker STD rates will become. To learn more about STD Awareness Month this April, visit the CDC’s website, and as always, if you suspect you have an STD, contact besafemeds today. We’re here for whatever happens.‹ Back to Blog