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What's the only ways to catch gential herpes?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Only by sex: ONLY by sex with a partner with herpes. Either genital sex, usually resulting herpes due to HSV2; or oral to genital, with herpes due to HSV1. However, new GH often first appears in monogamous, faithful couples. The infected person can be infected for years, and first develops symptoms that seem like a new infection. Or the other partner has it, doesn't know, and transmission finally occurred.

Answered 12/1/2016

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