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Talking to Your Doctor About Chlamydia
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and help think of questions to ask your doctor.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What is my diagnosis?
- How serious is my condition?
- Do I have other conditions that might interact unfavorably with this condition?
- Based on my medical history and lifestyle, am I at risk for chlamydial infections?
- How can I prevent them?
- What medications are available to help me?
- How long do I have to take medications?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions?
- What time of day should I take my medications?
- Is timing of meals relevant to my medication?
- What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
- Just how risky is my lifestyle?
- By how much will I reduce my risk by using condoms?
- How do I know if I'm using a condom properly?
- Is abstinence the only way I can protect myself?
- What is the best way to go about talking to my partners about exposure?
- Will the treatment cure me, or will there be residual effects?
- How do I know if I am cured?
- How often should I be rechecked by a doctor?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcie L. Sidman, MD
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015