In a Year of Lemons, Spring Into Wellness With Telehealth Platform Lemonaid

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday April 2, 2021

We're all hoping for blue skies ahead as vaccinations are underway after more than a year of living during a global pandemic. As cautiously optimistic as we may be, the long term impact of our disrupted lives has taken a toll on many.

Fortunately, telehealth platform Lemonaid has designed an easy, affordable resource to help reboot back to our best selves.

For some, self-care means getting out of bed, brushing teeth, or getting dressed. Others have thrown themselves into work, mistaking productivity for happiness.

Reports have continued to emerge over the past year regarding health disparities facing the LGBTQ community. The Campaign for Southern Equality recently reported staggering statistics of poor mental health faced by transgender respondents in Georgia, while a national report by The Trevor Project indicated 40 percent of respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months.

Lemonaid's team of qualified physicians and nurse practitioners can diagnose, treat, or help manage more than 30 different medical conditions or concerns, from mental health and testing services to manage cholesterol, high blood pressure and STIs.

"We built Lemonaid on the mission of increasing access to affordable, convenient healthcare for everyone in the U.S. My co-founder, Ian, and I were disgusted that access to healthcare was too difficult, too expensive, and sometimes even impossible," says Lemonaid's CEO and co-founder Paul Johnson.

If Lemonaid can help, consultation fees for most services are only $25 (less than most insurance co-payments). They offer treatment for anxiety or depression as part of a flat-rate monthly plan ($95), including unlimited online visits, personalized treatment plan, and if appropriate, FDA-approved medication shipped directly to you. All services are designed to keep your information secure and let you seek care from the comfort of your home.

Help is Just a Click Away

Here are six ways Lemonaid can affordably and conveniently meet your healthcare needs:

Anxiety — In the summer of 2020, the University of California San Francisco reported on the Journal of General Internal Medicine's study.

"What I was hearing at the beginning of the pandemic was that people who were already anxious were more anxious than ever, and we didn't find that," said lead author Annesa Flentje, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. "In looking at averages across the LGBTQ+ population, we found the greatest changes in anxiety were among people who weren't anxious prior to the pandemic."

Lemonaid's board-certified staff can help evaluate and address these concerns, ensuring that 2021 looks bright.

Depression — It's no surprise that depression rates have increased over the past year. A University of California San Diego study revealed that exercise significantly declined among subjects, while depression rates nearly doubled from 32% to 61%.

Lemonaid's medical team can diagnose anxiety and depression by asking you the same questions that they'd ask if they saw you in person. Through interactive video, they can also help you understand the treatment options and answer any questions you have.

Because their medical team works to such strict medical guidelines, they maintain the same or higher standards than if they saw you in person and will let you know if they think you need to see a clinician in person rather than use Lemonaid.

Insomnia — When will I get the vaccine? How do I know it's safe to travel? Will I ever date again? These are the questions keeping us awake at night...and with good reason.

Fear of the unknown has put many of us into a tailspin. But we can't be our best unless we've had a good night's sleep. Lemonaid can offer both behavorial strategies and sleep medicine to get a good night's sleep.

Erectile DysfunctionGay Star News highlighted recent research out of the U.K. indicating that 56% of gay or bi men experience erectile dysfunction, whereas only 46% of straight men do."

Several factors may contribute to erectile dysfunction. A member of Lemonaid's medical team can suggest appropriate next steps. If oral medication is appropriate, a convenient and discreet monthly prescription can have you back in action in a matter of days.

Stop Smoking — We've all faced our demons this year... and sometimes old habits die hard.

Whether you've struggled with smoking for a long time, recently picked it up again, or simply find yourself smoking out of boredom or stress, there's help.

Zyban has been proven in several clinical studies to help patients stop smoking.

Lemonaid's easy, four-step process includes choosing your medication, a quick health assessment, medical team review, and free prescription delivery, up to a 90-day supply.

Primary Care — Preventative and proactive healthcare can make a lasting impact. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, routine cardiovascular exams save tens of thousands of lives annually, while health screenings and primary care services can increase life expectancy. A Lemonaid doctor or nurse practitioner can address your health concerns without ever leaving your home.

Lemonaid Health is a national online doctor's office. Services are provided by one of four medical groups. All four medical groups do business as 'Lemonaid Health'.

In all states other than Kansas, New Jersey, and Texas, Lemonaid services are provided by LMND Medical Group, Inc., A Professional Corporation, doing business as Lemonaid Health. In Kansas, Lemonaid services are provided by LMND Medical Group, A Professional Association, with a registered office 112 SW 7TH Street, Suite 3C, Topeka, KS 66603.

In New Jersey, Lemonaid services are provided by LMND Medical Group Professional Corporation, with a registered office 820 Bear Tavern Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628.

In Texas, Lemonaid services are provided by LMND Medical Group, A Professional Association, with a registered office 1999 Bryan Street, Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.