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Can you prevent genital herpes?

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The only way to be sure you won't get it is to abstain from sex or have sex only with someone who’s also herpes-free. A latex condom can only protect you if it covers the infected area. But you can still get genital herpes if you receive oral sex (fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus) from someone with a cold sore on their mouth. You can also get it from someone's genitals if you give them oral sex.

If you know your partner has genital herpes, have sex (of any type) only when they have no symptoms. And always use a latex barrier like a condom or a dental dam. Genital herpes can be contagious even when there are no visible symptoms.

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al., New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997; vol 337. American Social Health Association. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia. CDC. WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al., New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997; vol 337. American Social Health Association. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia. CDC. WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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