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How do I talk to my sexual partner about genital herpes?

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Telling your partner about genital herpes can be hard. Take some time to learn what you can and understand your own feelings first. You may be more at ease to talk openly.

You can’t control how anyone else reacts. All you can do is share what you know, answer questions, and give them time to think about it.

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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