Reducing Your Risk of Genital Herpes
- Have a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
- Always use a latex condom during all sexual activity. Proper and consistent use of condoms is important in order for them to be effective.
- Avoid kissing and oral sex if your partner has cold sores. HSV-1 can be spread to the genital and anal areas through oral sex.
- Avoid risky behaviors, such as unprotected or anonymous sex.
- Know your status and your partner's. Openly discuss sexually transmitted diseases (STD)s.
- Have regular check-ups and get any recommended screening tests.
- Behavioral counseling may be advised if you are a sexually active person at increased risk for infection.
- Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and any concerns you have about STDs.
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- Reviewer: David Horn, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/17/2015 -
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