How to Avoid the Transmission of Herpes

How to Avoid the Transmission of Herpes

Herpes is a super-common infection that causes sores on your genital or mouth. So far, over half of Americans have oral herpes and 1 out of 5 Americans have genital herpes. Only a few of people are not living with herpes.

Herpes is always spread from skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it, often including vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex and kissing. Even if herpes won’t lead to any serious health problems, it always causes outbreaks of itchy, painful blisters or sores that come and go.

There are many medication in the market but unfortunately, none of them can cure herpes. In other words, medication can only ease herpes symptoms and lower the chances of transmitting the virus to others. So it’s necessary to get to know how to avoid the transmission of herpes.

When you find out that you or your partner have herpes, keep calm and try not to freak out. Here are the main things to know about reducing the risk of transmitting herpes from an infected person to a non-infected partner.

  • Condoms are the best way to avoid herpes transmission. It won’t always protect you from herpes but it can lower your chance of getting infected.

  • Don’t have sex with anyone during a herpes outbreak until it is totally gone because that’s when it spreads the most easily.

  • Herpes is usually passed when there are no sores or symptoms, so it’s important to use condoms and dental dams during sex even though everything looks normal.

  • Most of what we know comes from studies on folks with HSV type 2 (HSV-2) so we assume it’s the same as with HSV-1 but there is no science behind that yet.

  • Taking herpes medication daily led to a reduction in transmission of genital herpes to the uninfected partner.

  • The susceptible partner should be evaluated monthly for clinical signs and symptoms of genital herpes.

  • When an outbreak is coming, you may feel a burning, itching, or tingling feeling. Learn how to distinguish the outbreak and stop having sex with your partner when you notice these signs.

  • Don’t kiss anyone when you have a cold sore on your mouth, especially babies, children and pregnant women.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water right after you touch a herpes sores. Otherwise, it may be transmitted to other parts of your body or other people.

  • Telling someone you have herpes can be really hard but always tell your sexual partners that you have herpes before you have sex. Don’t feel embarrassed or stressed out about herpes because you know you are not alone at any time. And the good news is, the ratio of herpes outbreaks are decreasing over time, and even though herpes can sometimes be uncomfortable and painful, it’s not dangerous to us. We can also have relationships, sex and live perfectly healthy lives when we are living with herpes.

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