Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you think you have a sexually transmitted illness, such as genital herpes, make an appointment to see your family doctor or gynecologist.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you might want to write a list that answers the following questions:

  • What are your symptoms? When did they start?
  • Do you have a new sexual partner or multiple partners?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection?
  • Do you regularly use condoms?
  • What medications or supplements do you take regularly?

Some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • Should I be tested for other sexually transmitted infections?
  • Should my partner be tested?
  • Do I need to abstain from sexual activity during treatment?
  • How can I avoid infecting my partner?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • Are you experiencing any pelvic pain?
  • Do you have any pain while urinating?
  • Do you have any sores or unusual discharge?
May. 21, 2011