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What can you do to prevent spreading genital herpes?

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There are also things you can do to avoid passing the virus to other parts of your body, as well as to other people. Take these steps:

  • Don't kiss when you or your partner has cold sores.
  • Avoid oral sex when either partner has oral or genital sores.
  • Don't have genital or anal contact when any sores are present.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after touching infected areas.
  • Don't wet your contact lenses with saliva.

From: Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

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