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A 17-year-old female asked:

so i have herpes and if i have sex with anyone will i give it to them?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: It will happen, but maybe not the first time having sex with an uninfected person. Please do not give your herpes to another person. If thinking of having sex with an uninfected person, you have to talk about this and together decide how to have sex without transmitting your herpes. Talk before havng sex. Your herpes should stop with you.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not always: New genital herpes due to HSV2 is most transmissible during the first few months, less likely after that. You can greatly reduce risk by consistent condom use and taking an anti-herpes drug (usually valacyclovir) daily. With these precautions, transmission is unlikely, but not zero. Tell all partners so they know the possibility. Transmission risk a lot lower if your GH is due to HSV1, not HSV2.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Provided original answer
To keep the risk low, of course you also must avoid sex if and when you have a herpes outbreak. Recurrent herpes still occurs, but less frequently, when taking an anti-HSV drug like valacyclovir.
Feb 19, 2017

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I have herpes and all my syptoms went away after treatment. Can I get blowjobs and have sex still without spreading it?

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 38 years experience
Herpes after tx: Although you have received treatment and have no lesions, you should always practice "safe"/protected intercourse.

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