Articles on: Genital Herpes

How can I prevent genital herpes?

The following methods can reduce the risk of developing or passing on herpes:

Using barrier protection, such as condoms, when having sex;
Avoiding sex while symptoms are present;
Avoiding kissing and oral sex when there is a cold sore around the mouth;
Washing the hands thoroughly, especially after touching the affected area, during an outbreak;
Some people also find that stress, being tired, illness, skin friction, and sunbathing can trigger recurrences of symptoms.

Taking preventative medication which suppresses the virus will also reduce the chances of passing genital herpes on to your partner(s).

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Updated on: 21/02/2024

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