Question: Why can't you diagnose my STD symptoms over the Internet?
In addition to online diagnosis being unethical, it's also simply not a practical option since most STD symptoms
. Although some ulcerative diseases, like herpes
have relatively characteristic sores that can usually be diagnosed visually, symptoms like itching, discharge, or discomfort could be caused by any of a number of diseases. This, along with the high prevalence of asymptomatic infections
that have no signs is one of the many reasons why syndromatic treatment
of sexually transmitted diseases
has not been a good option for their control. Finally, many web sites, including About.com, ban online diagnosis as part of their editorial policies.