Preparing for your appointment

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Before your appointment take these steps:

  • Write down any signs and symptoms you or your child is experiencing. Include signs and symptoms even if they seem minor, such as low-grade fever or fatigue.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor. Your time with your doctor is limited, so it can be useful to prepare a list of questions.

For CMV, questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • Will I infect others?
  • Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will likely ask you a number of questions, including:

  • How long have you had your symptoms?
  • Do you work or live with young children?
  • Have you had a blood transfusion or organ transplant recently?
  • Do you have a medical condition that compromises your immune system, such as HIV or AIDS?
  • Are you receiving chemotherapy?
  • Do you practice safe sex?
  • Are you pregnant or breast-feeding?

In addition, if you think you have been exposed during pregnancy:

  • When do you think you may have been exposed?
  • Have you had symptoms of the condition?
  • Have you been tested for CMV before?