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What can I do to prevent outbreaks of genital herpes?

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Doctors don’t know what triggers outbreaks, so there’s no sure way to prevent them. Here are some things you can do that might help:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Exercise often.
  • Get the sleep you need.
  • Find ways to lower your stress.

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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