You have a unique health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and experience with genital herpes. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
A diagnosis of genital herpes can affect your mental health and daily life. You may feel scared,
anxious, stressed, or
depressed. Talk to your doctor if you have these feelings, especially if they get in the way of how you are living or enjoying your life.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don’t forget them.
Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification if necessary.
Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are talking about. You have a right to know.
How often should I get tested for STIs or have checkups?
2015 Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/default.htm. Updated January 25, 2017. Accessed August 10, 2018.
Drake S, Taylor S, Brown D, et al. Improving the care of patients with genital herpes. BMJ. 2000;321(7261):619-623.
Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed August 10, 2018.
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