Most of us know that prevention is a crucial component of health, but with busy schedules it can be hard to stay on top of regular check-ups and medical visits.

Remote control

But thanks to new technology, your mobile phone can bring prevention to you. There are a host of new mobile-based products to set up virtual visits with clinicians for sexual health check-ups, birth control and primary care concerns like a sore throat or a rash.

"Whether it is online, in-person, or using your favorite mobile device, there are abundant, great options for you to take charge of prevention..."

Some providers, including Planned Parenthood, offer free apps to help patients get mail-in tests for common and treatable STDs like Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Users can download apps and get the tools they need to test for infections, consult with providers, and get prescriptions as needed – all from the privacy of their own homes and without long waits at medical offices.

Coming soon

Other options are on the horizon, like mobile-based options to for quick treatment for painful urinary tract infections, prescriptions and refills for birth control and even STD testing and treatment including HIV. Take a look online to see if you can get a head start on wellness in the new year by taking care of your health online.

And there is more exciting news on the prevention front thanks to an exciting new way to fight HIV infection called PrEP.

PrEP stands for “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis” and it is a way to help prevent HIV by taking a pill every day. The medication reduces a patient’s risk of getting infected with HIV. PrEP contains two medicines that interfere with HIV’s ability to grow and take hold in the body if a person is exposed to HIV. In several studies of PrEP usage, the risk of getting HIV was reduced up to 92 percent for those who took the medication consistently compared to those who did not take the medication at all. That’s an amazing new option that could help put an end to the AIDS epidemic once and for all.

Whether it is online, in-person, or using your favorite mobile device, there are abundant, great options for you to take charge of prevention and to start the year off healthy and with confidence.