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can a woman with herpes 2 have sex without comdoms?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The woman may: pass on herpes simplex virus during sex whether she has herpetic lesions or not. If would be safest for her to have condoms but also to take antiviral medication.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Herpes is the gift that keeps on giving. Somebody will be awfully mad if they get it because you did not warn them. It's pretty much a relationship-breaker. Besides, do you want somebody to not tell you if they have a disease that you don't have yet but could get from them? With HIV, knowing you have it and not warning a partner and not using protection is a crime. It should apply to any STD.
Aug 10, 2014
Dr. Amy Swift-johnson
Family Medicine 15 years experience
No: Herpes is contagious, even when you don't have visible lesions, so a women who has herpes should always use condoms.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Sometimes yes: I agree with previous replies, but I think they assumed new partnerships. Sometimes condoms and other prevention measures aren't needed. If your partner already has HSV2, s/he won't get it again. In a committed relationship with someone willing to take the risk, maybe when hoping to conceive. Also performing oral sex (assuming you don't have oral HSV2). Mutual masturbation. Discuss with partner!

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