Talking to Your Doctor About Genital Herpes
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Genital Herpes
About Your Risk of Getting Genital Herpes
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 8/10/2018
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