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Can lube help prevent a genital herpes outbreak?

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Yes, because friction during sex could irritate the skin and trigger outbreaks. Use a water-based lubricant instead of an oil-based product. Oil can break down the latex in condoms. Don't use a lubricant with the spermicide nonoxynol-9. It can cause tiny rips in mucous membranes (like those on your genitals) that let viruses like herpes and HIV enter your body more easily.

From: Genital Herpes and Your Sex Life WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  WebMD Medical News: "Genital Herpes Treatment Cuts Spread." CDC. Warren, T. and Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002. Terri Warren, RN. Joanne Grosshans, manager, Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association. American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:  WebMD Medical News: "Genital Herpes Treatment Cuts Spread." CDC. Warren, T. and Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002. Terri Warren, RN. Joanne Grosshans, manager, Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association. American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 9, 2018

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