Your doctor may be able to diagnose genital herpes from
your medical history and a physical exam, especially if the herpes sores are
typical in appearance. Your
doctor may ask you the following questions:
Do you think you were exposed to genital herpes
or another sexually transmitted infection (STI)? How do you know? Did your
partner tell you?
What are your symptoms?
Do you have sores in the genital area or
anywhere else on your body?
Do they usually come and
Do you have any urinary symptoms, including frequent urination,
burning or stinging with urination, or urinating in small
If you have discharge from the vagina or penis, does it have any smell or color?