Herpes | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the best treatment for me?
  • Is it safe to have unprotected sex if I don’t have any sores?
  • Can I give myself genital herpes if I also have oral herpes?
  • What is the best way to prevent herpes outbreaks?
  • If I give my baby herpes, is there any treatment?
  • Are there any side effects to my treatment?
  • Can I live a normal life with herpes?
  • Am I at risk of developing any other diseases?
  • Are there any support groups in my area?
  • Can I give someone else herpes even if I’m not having an outbreak?


Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infections by Caroline M. Rudnick, M.D., PH.D., and Grant S. Hoekzema, M.D. (American Family Physician March 15, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020315/1138.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 01/96