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I am in a monogamous relationship, am I safe from herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe not

Two people in a monogamous relationship must both start out free of herpes.
That means "the couple" is herpes-free. Then, each partner must stay monogamous in order for herpes to not enter the couple's relationship by way of a third party. However, most adults already have herpes type 1 (but not herpes type 2) even if they don't get cold sores. Either type can cause oral or genital herpes.

In brief: Maybe not

Two people in a monogamous relationship must both start out free of herpes.
That means "the couple" is herpes-free. Then, each partner must stay monogamous in order for herpes to not enter the couple's relationship by way of a third party. However, most adults already have herpes type 1 (but not herpes type 2) even if they don't get cold sores. Either type can cause oral or genital herpes.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine

In brief: No

There are 2 people in a monogamous relationship.
You cannot always be sure what the other half is doing even if you are in the relationship with a priest (can a priest date these days?); have you been exposed prior to the relationship? Sometimes the virus will lie dormant for determined periods of time prior to becoming active. Dr. J.

In brief: No

There are 2 people in a monogamous relationship.
You cannot always be sure what the other half is doing even if you are in the relationship with a priest (can a priest date these days?); have you been exposed prior to the relationship? Sometimes the virus will lie dormant for determined periods of time prior to becoming active. Dr. J.
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