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Online service offers STI treatment

People suffering with an STI will be able to access diagnosis and treatment online from today (4 April 2011).

Superdrug is launching the online service in partnership with online healthcare specialist DrThom.

People will be able to get treatment for conditions including chlamydia and gonorrhoea from £25, which includes the cost of the online consultation and the medication.

It also gives women the chance to be prescribed the oral contraceptive pill (£27) - so long as they have been taking it previously - and antibiotic cystitis treatment (£17) conveniently and quickly.

DrThom was the first online doctor service to register with the Care Quality Commission, which regulates healthcare in the UK.

All the doctors providing the care are based in the UK, registered with the GMC and take full responsibility for the clinical care provided.

There is a pre-defined range of services - people cannot use it for any other medical problems.

Patients with problems which do not come under one of the services offered, or whom the doctor believes need to have a more in-depth consultation, will be directed to their GP.

The service launches on Monday.

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"This simply removes the specialist face-to-face care that most patients benefit from, especially when it comes to heath education and careful partner notification. We will see more reinfection rates as a result and people out of pocket if these simple health promotion messages are not made clear to the service users" - Judith Doe, Essex