Dealing With Your (Uninformed) Doctor

One thing I have learned over the years. Doctors don’t know everything. And the more broad their scope of practice (Family Doctor vs Neurologist, for example) the less deep their knowledge in what we expect them to know. Now that’s not surprising when you think about it but we tend to believe our Doctors are Demi-Gods who should be able to wave their hands and make us better. Our modern medicine society tends to support that to an extent. But the truth of the matter is, if you are not presenting with very clear symptoms your average doctor may well not have the knowledge to deal with it.

If you have done your homework you have learned about Asymptomatic Shedding, and that just because you can’t “see” or feel anything doesn’t mean you can’t pass the virus on. You have learned that if you have HSV1, it doesn’t protect you from HSV2 and visa versa. You understand the facts that half of all new Herpes cases are HSV1 acquired from oral sex. You know that a condom only cuts Transmission Rates in half. You know full well that you *could* be carrying the virus if you have not specifically asked for the Herpes test in the past. So when you go to your doctor to ask for anti-virals, or for the Herpes test, you need to be armed with the indisputable facts that they have somehow managed to miss in the 50,000 pages of medical journal stuff that they go through every year, because sadly many doctors are woefully behind the times when it comes to Herpes facts and information.

Unfortunately many doctors (especially Family Doctors/General Practitioners) have NO IDEA about asymptomatic shedding and the implications it has on your love life, so when you insist on anti-virals they look at you like you have two heads and many tell their patients “You are not having a lot of outbreaks so you don’t need the meds. Just don’t have sex during an outbreak and you will be ok” …  UGH. SMH. I hear that from the newly diagnosed all too often. And I’m on a mission to re-educate doctors through Patient Preparedness 😉

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~ Arthur Ashe

When you are going to your Doctor, I suggest that you print out the Free Handouts and E-book on the Herpes Life website  AND this website from the CDC …. ( I suggest the CDC site because they cannot dispute the writings of the Gov’t Health Agency…but they may dispute facts on a site like Herpes Life because many sites ARE inaccurate)

Highlight and Underline this part:

How do people get genital herpes?

Infections are transmitted through contact with lesions, mucosal surfaces, genital secretions, or oral secretions. HSV-1 and HSV-2 can also be shed from skin that looks normal. In persons with asymptomatic HSV-2 infections, genital HSV shedding occurs on 10% of days, and on most of those days the person has no signs or symptoms. [4]Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission most commonly occurs from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected. [5]

You can also print out the Westover Heights Handbook for them…. if nothing else it’s a great resource for you. You certainly want to read all of these resources and get to know your information so that, if necessary, you can discuss it with your Doctor and possibly educate them.

With luck, they will take your information, do their own research, and in addition to getting the medication or testing that you are requesting, you will have done a service for all future H+ patients, and that is a beautiful thing!

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. ~ Kofi Annan

Peace Out!

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