Finding good medical information online

With the rising cost of healthcare and increasing digital information, it is becoming more common for people to investigate their symptoms online before seeking expert advice. This is particularly common for issues of a sexual nature which people may not want to approach their doctor about.
There is ample good information available on the internet, however there is also a lot of misinformation.
Use of the wrong information, particularly for self-diagnosis or self-medication can lead to inappropriate treatment of your condition, which can result in serious consequences.


Used carefully online information can be a benefit to your health, however you should use this information to enhance your medical care and not to replace it. Of particular concern to us, many people buy medications or alternative treatments online to the neglect of their regular medications. These are often poor quality and people are not advised as to whether it is suitable for their situation. If you are considering using a treatment you found online or there is other information you found online that concerns you, you should discuss it with your doctor.
In order to get the best out of this discussion you should summarise the information that you have found and think about what the main points of the information are that you would like to discuss.