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Can you have sex between genital herpes outbreaks?

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Yes, as long as your partner understands and accepts the risk. As long as you don't have herpes sores on your mouth, you can perform oral sex on your partner, even if you have an outbreak of genital symptoms.

But your partner can be infected with herpes even when you don't have symptoms or sores. To help prevent that, always use a latex condom for vaginal sex, anal sex, and receiving fellatio. Condoms are not guaranteed to prevent infection, but they do provide some protection. Use a dental dam for cunnilingus and analingus.

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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