Charlotte Grayson, M.D., Health Professional

Charlotte Grayson, M.D., is an internist in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. She is a 1995 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency in 1998 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Previously, Dr. Grayson was Senior Medical Editor for a leading healthcare content company. She frequently speaks to the media about health, appearing on Fox News and CNN and contributing to TIME, Real Simple, Women’s Health, and WebMD magazines.

Five questions to ask your doctor about suppressive therapy

I see a lot of patients who take suppressive therapy with no clear understanding of why they are taking it, what the goals are of suppressive therapy and most concerning … taking the WRONG dose I also see patients who suffer through multiple terrible ...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

How to Find a Doctor If You Have Herpes

So many times, I see patients who have sought me out after experiencing symptoms of herpes for the first time. They are scared and often misinformed or poorly informed. My goal during our visits is to provide them with reassurance, correct informatio...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

10 Tips to Reduce Herpes Outbreaks

Whether you are feeling the pinch yourself or know someone who is, everyone knows that these are tough times, economically. Add to that the expense of holiday shopping, the excesses of holiday celebrations and the emotional baggage of dealing with st...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

How to Tell Your Partner You Have an STD

The time has come. You’re dating a great guy and you think that things may soon lead to the bedroom. But, being responsible, you know you’ve got to have “the talk” before things go any further. This has got to be a difficult scenario to face. After a...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

Genital Herpes and Depression

I see it every week: A person who is sad, having difficulty functioning or concentrating, crying frequently. Some have anxiety, other feel achy all over, still others sleep too much or too little. Most say that they feel utterly alone. This is depres...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in Older Adults

Age offers no protection against STDs. You only have to look to a recent survey from Britain that shows that the numbers of STDs in people over 50 has doubled in the past decade. In the study, nearly half of the STD cases were genital warts,which is ...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

You have an STD. Who's to blame?

I can’t count the number of times that a patient was shocked when they were diagnosed with an STD. Many of my patients seem surprised that their sexual partner gave them an STD. Though they won’t admit it, they probably assumed their partner was clea...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

Managing Genital Herpes Symptoms and Outbreaks

OK, you’re in the middle of an outbreak, and you’re in pain. How do you manage the uncomfortable and painful symptoms? First, get medical treatment. Antiviral therapy reduces the severity of the symptoms and duration of the symptoms when started earl...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.

Is Your Herpes Medication Making You Sick?

Herpes medications are generally safe, whether you are taking herpes antiviral medication to treat an outbreak or you’re taking daily suppressive therapy. But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side effects. And you should know the di...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D.