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Re: No insurance or doc, meds help... anyone else figure this one out?

Re: No insurance or doc, meds help... anyone else figure this one out?

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Posted by B on August 30, 2000 at 15:20:09:

In Reply to: No insurance or doc, meds help... anyone else figure this one out? posted by Troubled Guy in NYC on August 30, 2000 at 15:10:40:

: I just found out my ex-girlfriend gave me herpes. Health Dept confirms it (this time).
: I'm having a horrible outbreak that's lasted almost 4 weeks now. My ex has given me Valtrex of hers and it seemed to really knock this thing out, but now that my supply from her has run out it seems to have just stopped healing right where it is.
: I need help, but I don't have insurance. I'll gladly pay a doctor, but who do I trust? And I feel like if I found the right doc, I might be able to get a prescription for Acylovir without paying for unneccesary tests.
: Anyone been through this before. I know I have some serious emotional hurdles to deal with, but the first thing is to stop this damn breakout. It's affecting my career.

Go immediately to the free clinic in your area. They are less expensive than going to a doc without insurance, they charge on a sliding scale...and they can prescribe meds immediately. It usually takes longer while you are there (usually it's a three hour trip for me from the time I walk in until I have seen the doc and walk out), but you can get an appointment for the same day, they are incredibly good about privacy, and they really know their stuff when it comes to STD's.

As for going to a regular doc, any doctor will respect your privacy. However, if you look in the phone book under doctors or physicians, you can find plenty of doctors who specialize in STD's. The only problem with a regular doc is getting in to see one ASAP. They generally have long wait periods. When I need an appt immediately, I make sure to play up my ailment (especially with a herpes outbreak) and they see me within two or three days, usually.

Good luck.

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