Talking to Your Doctor About Genital Herpes

Cidtalking In general, genital herpes does not cause any other major health problems if you are, overall, a healthy person. However, genital herpes can affect you in other ways besides physical health. The concern about outbreaks or the spread of the disease to your partner or your baby could cause you to feel frightened, anxious, stressed and even depressed. Also, depending on how you contracted the disease, you may feel betrayed, angry and alone. Talk to your doctor if you start experiencing these feelings, especially if they begin to interfere with the way they are living or enjoying your life. In addition to their primary care physician, you may need counseling. Supported by a mental health professional can help you deal with your emotions so you can go ahead and live your life to the fullest. Visit the website of American Social Health Association to find local groups, free support, and confidential for people concerned about herpes. Although there is no cure for genital herpes, it can be controlled to be less severe and that outbreaks last as long. If you have genital herpes, you can cope well with their life and their personal relationships. You just need to be more aware and careful with their actions. Keep in mind that if your immune system is not working properly or if you are pregnant, it is especially important to discuss treatment options with your doctor and prevention.

If your immune system does not work properly, genital herpes may last longer than usual or symptoms that you experience may be more severe. If you are pregnant, there is a chance that you can spread genital herpes to your baby. Talk to your doctor about how to prevent the spread of genital herpes to your baby. General Tips for Gathering Information Here are some tips that will facilitate talk to your doctor: Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. Write down your questions in advance so you do not forget. Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary. Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have the right to know. Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Genital Herpes What causes genital herpes? How did I get infected? What are the symptoms of an outbreak of genital herpes? Typically, how long will the outbreak? What type of herpes simplex virus I am infected? How common is genital herpes? How genital herpes is different than regular cold sores? Is there any serious complications of genital herpes should be aware of? About Your Risk of Developing Genital Herpes Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk of genital herpes? How I can reduce my risk of getting genital herpes? How do I know if my partner has genital herpes?

What physical signs or symptoms should I expect? How do I recognize an outbreak of genital herpes? How should prevent getting genital herpes? How I can reduce the risk to my partner? About Treatment Options What kind of medicine should I take to reduce symptoms? Does genital herpes can be cured? What medicine can I take to prevent outbreaks from occurring? What are the benefits, side effects and risks of medicines? Will these medications interact with other medications, over the counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions? How often is medicine taken or applied? Is there any alternative or complementary therapy to help me? Are you aware of any ongoing research on genital herpes?

Is there any progress in research to find a cure or to prevent genital herpes completely? How I can keep abreast of news about what is happening in the investigation of genital herpes? Where I can find a support group about genital herpes? Do you recommend any additional advice? About Changes in Lifestyle Is there anything else I can do to minimize any discomfort you might experience? How do I tell my partner that I have genital herpes? Do I have to tell my family about genital herpes? How I can protect my partner? My partner should go to an examination and treatment? Still I can have sex? How to have genital herpes affect my relationship with my partner? Are there any dietary changes I should make?

Does exercise affect genital herpes? About Your Outlook How often do I have an outbreak? How I can get pregnant if I have genital herpes? How I can make my partner pregnant if I have genital herpes? Can I take medication if I am pregnant? How I can protect my baby? Where I can get more information about genital herpes?