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What else should I know about genital herpes?

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Educate yourself about genital herpes. You'll find out that it's not as serious as it may seem, and that couples can and do have wonderful, sexually fulfilling relationships, even if one partner has genital herpes.

Sometimes, people in long-term relationships suspect that their partner has been cheating when he or she is diagnosed. That's not necessarily true -- your partner could've been infected years or decades before you met.

Also, consider the possibility that you gave your partner herpes. Millions of people live with genital herpes without having a clue they're infected. In fact, health experts estimate that 90% of those who are infected in the United States don't know it. A herpes infection doesn't always cause obvious sores on the genitals. In many cases, it causes no noticeable symptoms at all. Doctors say sex partners of people with herpes should be tested, because that's the only way to know for sure if they're infected or not.

SOURCES:  Centers for Disease Control. Fleming, et al. , Oct. 16, 1997. The American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center. Warren, T. and Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 09, 2017

SOURCES:  Centers for Disease Control. Fleming, et al. , Oct. 16, 1997. The American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center. Warren, T. and Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 09, 2017

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