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I’ve just been diagnosed with genital herpes. What are some questions to ask my doctor?

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If you’ve just been diagnosed with genital herpes, you could ask your doctor:

  • What type of herpes virus do I have?
  • Should I be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases?
  • How can I keep my partner from getting infected?
  • How soon should my partner be tested?
  • Should I start taking medication?
  • Will herpes complicate any other health problems I have?
  • Can I still plan to have children?
  • Can you recommend a support group or a 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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