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How can I protect my sexual partner from getting genital herpes?

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You can take steps to protect others from herpes. Keep in mind that you can spread it even when you don’t have symptoms.

Avoid sex from the time you notice the first signs, such as tingling or pain, until the scabs fall off and your skin is back to normal.

Try not to touch your sores: If you do, wash your hands right away.

Use condoms: They won’t totally protect your partner, but they can lower the chances of spreading the virus.

Talk to your doctor: She might prescribe a drug to make it less likely you’ll give herpes to someone else.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Coping and Support.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes — CDC Fact Sheet.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Genital Herpes.”

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: “Living with an STD.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes Screening FAQ.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Coping and Support.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes — CDC Fact Sheet.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Genital Herpes.”

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: “Living with an STD.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes Screening FAQ.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

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