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How can I protect myself from herpes?

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To prevent getting genital herpes:

Taking antiviral medications can reduce the risk of a person with genital herpes from spreading the disease, but that doesn't prevent infection.

  • Do not have sex with someone who has an open sore on his or her sex organs.
  • Always use a condom during sex.
  • Limit your number of sex partners.

From: Sexual Health and Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

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