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Genital Herpes: How To Reduce Risk Of Genital Herpes?

How To Reduce Risk Of Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is a non-curable disease and it is desirable that we try to reduce the risk of contacting it. Before we discuss how to reduce the risk, read about how genital herpes is transmitted.

To minimize your exposure to HSV follow the following:

  • Avoid any sex, if your partner is having an active outbreak. Using condoms may not prevent transmission from exposed areas. Herpes virus is most active during active outbreak and any contact is best avoided during this period. Inform your partner if you are having an active outbreak. This includes the period called prodrome phase when the person realizes that active outbreak will be setting in soon. During this period, tingling and or burning sensations occurs on the genital skin.
  • Most cases of Genital herpes are transmitted by people who are affected by it, but do not realize that. Get yourself and your partner tested to find out the presence of herpes antibodies. The good news is that, if you and your partner have the same kind of herpes you may not need to take precautions.
  • Use latex condoms during every sexual encounter. Use latex condoms even when no signs of an outbreak are present. Some people shed virus even if they show no outbreak. This is called asymptomatic shedding. Protection is never 100% with condoms because exposed areas may shed virus.
  • You and your partner may wish to consult your doctor about suppressive antiviral therapy. This therapy reduces the chances of transmission and increases the gap between active outbreaks.

Article updated on: May 26, 2008

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