You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with genital herpes. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
In addition to your physical health, a diagnosis of genital herpes can affect your mental health and quality of life. You may feel scared, anxious, stressed, or depressed. Talk to your doctor if you experience these feelings, especially if they interfere with how you are living or enjoying your life.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
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Last reviewed May 2014 by David Horn, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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