Now Offering Telemedicine Visits During Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic

Telemedicine Atlanta During COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 has really changed the platform for how we deliver and receive care, and as of March 18, 2020, the Georgia Composite Medical Board approved measures to make it easier for medical providers to treat patients via telemedicine.

I am excited to announce that I am now able to offer telemedicine visits to my patients! Druid Hills Primary Care in Atlanta has been discussing offering telemedicine visits for several months now, and with the current COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic, it gave us more incentive to offer this service for both new and existing patients!

What We Can Treat with a Telemedicine Visit

Among the health concerns you may have that we are able to schedule Telemedicine visits for include:

During the visit we can discuss any health concerns you may have, refill medications, and advise health screenings.

Perhaps you are wondering, what about my blood work? No problem, we can easily place an order with Labcorp or Quest. Once the order is placed, all you have to do is locate the nearest patient service center to your home and make an appointment.

What You Need for a Telemedicine Visit

Telemedicine is easy for patients to navigate and means that we can continue to provide primary care from the safety of your own home. To have a telemedicine visit, patients will need either a smart phone or a computer equipped with a webcam and microphone.

Below is a quick guide to help you get setup for a Telemedicine visit!

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We are all trying to figure out the new normal during this pandemic and there is a lot of uncertainty, but one thing remains the same – you can count on being able to access me, your primary care provider, for your follow ups and sick visits!

To schedule an appointment for Telemedicine in Atlanta, please contact the office at (404) 228-2648 or use the form on the contact page.

Introducing the Exclusively Inclusive Podcast!

Introducing Exclusively Inclusive with Erin Everett, NP-C, AAHIVS

I am BEYOND excited to announce the launching of my brand new podcast, Exclusively Inclusive!

As a life-long Ally of the LGBTQ+ community, and after having the privilege of providing high quality, judgment-free healthcare for this population for the last several years, I wanted to take make a bigger impact.

By launching the Exclusively Inclusive podcast, I hope to provide the most up-to-date information on healthcare issues impacting the community for listeners beyond the metro Atlanta area. It is my personal goal to reach listeners across America and the world who might struggling with access to care and to arm them with the knowledge to help advocate for themselves throughout their healthcare journeys.

The primary topics I will cover on the podcast include healthcare issues surrounding:

  • Transgender Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • General Primary Care
  • HIV Prevention & Treatment
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Transgender Surgeries
  • Cost of Healthcare & Insurance
  • Sexual Health

The podcast will feature not just myself, but also local/national experts in healthcare specialties such as:

Again, I can’t tell you how excited I am to launch this podcast, and I hope you’ll give it a listen. I’d also love to hear your feedback on the show, and any questions you might have that I could potentially answer during a segment.

Follow the Podcast!

Website: https://exclusivelyinclusivepodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/InclusiveCast

Instagram: https://instagram.com/exclusivelyinclusivepodcast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExclusivelyInclusive

Sexual Health: The Missing Link in Primary Care

Health promotion and disease prevention are hot topics in primary care these days. With changes in healthcare, employers are being rewarded for keeping their employees low risk for chronic illness. Incentives include discounts for non-tobacco users and deposits into the health savings account for having low cholesterol, A1C, and regular Blood Pressure checks to reduce Hypertension.

Healthcare incentives are a great way to encourage a healthier lifestyle, and hopefully over time statistics will show they work to reduce healthcare costs long term. However, I believe these measures omit an incredibly important aspect of a person’s overall health. Too often people overlook sexual health when discussing health promotion and risk reduction.

With Atlanta having one of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses and other STI transmissions it is imperative we include sexual health in the overall discussion in primary care.

Promoting HIV Prevention with PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily oral prescription medication (Truvada) used for the prevention of HIV infection. Commercial healthcare insurance providers cover PrEP, and many state funded programs are available to improve access to PrEP. However, many primary care providers have little information on what PrEP is, or think it is just for men who have sex with men. Arming providers with the information they need to prescribe and manage PrEP will allow patients greater access to HIV prevention.

Having conversations about sexual health with your patient may uncover concerns about HIV prevention and also other potential sexual health risk factors. With the rise of antibiotic resistance, it is important to emphasize all STI prevention along with HIV. PrEP advocates also promote barrier methods of STI prevention. It’s important for patients to know they have options.

Be Open with Your Primary Care Provider

Primary care providers, talk to your patients about their sexual health. Ask who they are sleeping with and what kind of behaviors they are engaging in, because preventing HIV and STIs is as important as reducing the risk of coronary artery disease.

Patients, if your primary care provider is not having these discussions with you then bring it up during your next visit. If you do not feel comfortable having these discussions with your provider, it may be time to seek out a new one, because understanding the whole picture of your health is critically important.

If you know anyone who is interested in starting on PrEP for HIV prevention, or wants to know more, feel free to contact me.