A 18-year-old member asked:
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is it safe to shave even if you have genital herpe?

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Dr. Walter Kobasa
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably not: Genital herpes cause enough pain. Wait until the blisters are gone. Hitting a herpes blister with a rasor will really be painful.
Answered on Aug 16, 2013
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Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
Shavnig & HSV: You know, if you cut yourself while shaving, it is theoretically possible to innoculate some virus into an open cut and get a new sore. Overall, however, this doesn't matter. The skin infection with HSV will go away on its own, and the infections in the skin are not what we really worry about. The big worry is about possible spread to an infant in childbirth.
Answered on Jan 12, 2015

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