Hello,We are doing a combination of telemedicine and having symptomatic patients come in. We couldn't see any way around it. We deal with a lot of indigent patients who would not be able to go to a lab anyway, so they would have to come thru us in order to have their STI testing processed. Despite telemedicine I find there are some patients I just have to physically have eyes on. I have a few complex cases where telemedicine will not suffice.
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Greetings, My name is Reese, I am nurse at an FQHC in SC, I am also over reproductive health services at my center.
Prior to the COVID pandemic we were seeing 15 – 20 patients across all our sites just for dedicated on site STD screening, testing and treatment visits daily. In addition just for regular primary care visits most of our age appropriate patients were being screened for possible STD exposure and pregnancy intention at every visit. With COVID, we too are having to think outside the box and deliver care through modern technology avenues. But.............our efforts to screen for STD's has had to be put on the back burner and thus our numbers have dropped dramatically for March and April, we have only been treating the immediate chronic care needs. We still have a few patients who present for STD treatment, check and exposure face to face, but for the most part "those" individuals are not coming in. It has become a double edge sword. Our community has been told to stay home to stay well. When this is all over, I believe we will be inundated with increased unplanned pregnancies, and increased STD's. I want to shout from the roof tops we are still here!