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I’m having genital herpes outbreaks. What are some questions to ask my doctor?

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If you’re having genital herpes outbreaks, you could ask your doctor:

  • Should I use meds every day, or only when I have flares?
  • Which drug would be best for me, and why?
  • What are side effects, and how should I handle them?
  • Can anything else relieve my symptoms?
  • What can trigger outbreaks? Can I prevent them?
  • How often should my long-term partner be tested?
  • What should I do if I want to have children?
  • Can you recommend a support group or counselor to help me?

SOURCES:  The Center for Disease Prevention and Control, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2002": pp 12-18. Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic, Portland, Ore.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 11, 2018

SOURCES:  The Center for Disease Prevention and Control, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2002": pp 12-18. Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic, Portland, Ore.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 11, 2018

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