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Steps to Take during a Medical Appointment

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During appointments - Hepatitis C for Patients

Go over your lab work, and keep track of your results.

If your doctor wants you to have some medical tests, make sure you understand what the tests are for and what your doctor will do with the results. If you don't understand what your doctor is saying, ask the doctor to explain it in everyday terms.

If you feel your doctor has forgotten something during the appointment, it is better to ask about it than to leave wondering whether something was supposed to happen that didn't. It's your right to ask questions of your doctor. You also have a legal right to see your medical records. After all, it's your body.

Be honest. Your doctor isn't there to judge you, but to help you make decisions about your health based on your particular circumstances. Tell your doctor about your sexual or drug-use history.