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What to ask your doctor about GH

Being diagnosed with genital herpes raises a lot of questions.

To help get the answers you need, here are some important questions you might want to ask your doctor.

If you have just been diagnosed with genital herpes

  • What type of herpes virus do I have?
  • How long will my initial symptoms last?
  • How can I relieve my pain and discomfort?
  • Should I be tested for other sexually transmitted infections?
  • How can I keep my partner from becoming infected?
  • How soon should my partner be tested?
  • How often can I expect to have symptoms? How will they affect my daily life?
  • Should I start taking medication? If not now, when should I consider it?
  • Will herpes complicate any other health problems I have?
  • Can I still plan to have children?
  • Can you recommend a support group or a counsellor to help me deal with my diagnosis?

If you are currently experiencing a genital herpes outbreak

  • What can trigger outbreaks? Can I make lifestyle changes to help prevent them?
  • Would I benefit from taking antiviral medications every day or should I take medication only when I have flare-ups?
  • Which medication would be the best choice for me, and why?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • What should I do if my medication causes problems or doesn’t work well?
  • Is there anything else I can use to relieve my symptoms?
  • How often should my partner be tested? How soon should a new partner wait to have a test?
  • What should I do if I want to have children?
  • Can you recommend a support group or a counsellor to help me work through this?

If your partner has genital herpes

  • If I have been infected, how long will it take for the virus to show up in tests?
  • Is it possible to have a false negative test result? How can I be sure that my test result is accurate?
  • Should I be tested for other sexually transmitted infections?
  • How likely am I to be infected by my partner? What can we do to reduce the risk?
  • If I keep having sex with my partner, how often should I be tested?
  • If I become infected, would my partner and I have to change our sexual routine?
  • What symptoms should I watch out for?