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Urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections can cause serious discomfort. Most infections can be quickly diagnosed online with the help of DirectMD Virtual Primary Care. Using this modern alternative to traditional office visits makes it convenient and discreet to diagnose and receive treatment for your infection. Take control of your health and sign up for your Direct Care Membership today.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system, this includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract which is made up of the bladder and the urethra which can cause painful urination. Generally, women are at a far greater risk of developing a UTI than men. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.

Symptoms of UTI

  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • blood in the urine (red, pink, or different color urine)
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain (in women)

What is an STI?

There are more than 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites known to be transmitted through sexual contact. These Sexually Transmitted Diseases are commonly referred to by their acronym STIs. Eight of the 30 pathogens are known as the most common transmitted disease. Of these, 4 are currently curable: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. The other 4 are viral infections that are incurable: hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus (HSV or herpes), HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV).

STIs are spread predominantly by sexual contact with an infected person. Sexual contact includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some STIs can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. A person not experiencing any symptoms can carry an STI without knowing, so it is recommended to use “safe sex” practices like the use of condoms.

Common Symptoms of STIs

Most STIs can be quickly identified, but in some cases, symptoms of different STIs may overlap. Below is a list of unique symptoms that can be used to identify the STI. Early identification and treatment will help minimize symptoms and the spread of infection.

  • Gonorrhea – Yellow-green discharge
  • Chlamydia – Mucopurulent (pus or mucus like discharge)
  • Trichomoniasis – Fishy Odor
  • Herpes – Painful Ulcers
  • Syphilis – Painless Genital Ulcer
  • Genital Wart – Cauliflower-like growth on or around genitals

How are UTIs & STIs treated?

Doctors typically treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics you take daily. Alternatively, a single dose can cure many sexually transmitted bacterial and parasitic infections, including: gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. Typically, you will be treated for gonorrhea and chlamydia at the same time because the two infections often appear together. In either case, it may be recommended to take a final at-home or in-person infection test to make sure the infection is no longer in your system.

Can an online doctor help with a UTI or STI?

Yes! With a DirectMD Virtual Primary Care membership, you can speak with Dr. Hughes about your symptoms and get treatment quickly and discreetly. In most cases, symptoms will be clear and Dr. Hughes can recommend the appropriate treatment you need to find relief and help your body handle any foreign pathogen. Painful outbursts can happen quickly and delaying the treatment of any infection can lead to more serious consequences. Don’t put off your treatment. With Dr. Hughes, you have a support team available over the phone, on a tablet, or on your computer.

Can a telehealth doctor prescribe medication for STIs?

Yes. Dr. Hughes is a fully licensed doctor who provides virtual primary care for patients with a UTI or STI. As such, he can prescribe the appropriate antibiotic or medication you need. In fact, If you’re symptomatic or know that you have been exposed to an STO, Dr. Hughes can prescribe empiric antibiotics to treat the infection. With DirectMD Virtual Primary Care you will have the benefit of a dedicated doctor who you can see for regular maintenance of your conditions and who will track your progress with you.

How Much Does DirectMD Virtual Primary Care Cost?

Your Direct Care Membership grants you access to all of your primary care needs with Dr. Hughes. The membership monthly cost is a minimal $70 per month.

How Do I Get Started?

If you are interested in enjoying the benefits and convenience of DirectMD Virtual Primary Care telemedicine, you can sign up by clicking on the Subscribe Today button at the top of the page & completing the contact form. Or, if you have questions before you get started, feel free to contact us via phone at 682-540-4824 or email at

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