Genital herpes: What to ask your doctor
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It cannot be cured, but symptoms of genital herpes can be managed.
Here are some frequently asked questions to discuss with a doctor or specialist nurse or sexual health clinic. If you are newly diagnosed What type of herpes virus do I have? How long have I been infected? Should I be tested for other sexually transmitted infections? How can I keep my partner from becoming infected? 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 living with outbreaks. Would I benefit from taking herpes suppression drugs every day, or should I take medication only when I have flare-ups? Which drug 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? What can trigger outbreaks? Can I make lifestyle changes to help prevent them? How often should my long-term partner be tested? How soon should a new partner have a test? What should I do if I want to have children? Should I join a clinical trial for an experimental therapy? Can you recommend a support group or a counsellor to help me work through this? If your partner has herpes. If I have been infected, how long would it take for the virus to show up in tests? 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 for? Can I still plan to have children with my partner? What can I do to help my partner manage the condition? Can you recommend a support group or a counsellor to help me come to terms with this?
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