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I don't want to get herpes, what is the best prevention
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid people with it
This flippant answer highlights how hard it is to avoid herpes.
In the US, certain studies show 95% or more people are infected. Why? HSV-2 (genital herpes), is only one of at least 8 clinically important viruses in the herpesvirus family. Other viruses-varicella zoster, Epstein Barr virus (mono), cytomegalovirus, fifth's disease, humanherpesvirus-6, and others, are all in this family.

In brief: Avoid people with it
This flippant answer highlights how hard it is to avoid herpes.
In the US, certain studies show 95% or more people are infected. Why? HSV-2 (genital herpes), is only one of at least 8 clinically important viruses in the herpesvirus family. Other viruses-varicella zoster, Epstein Barr virus (mono), cytomegalovirus, fifth's disease, humanherpesvirus-6, and others, are all in this family.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If you are single, abstinence.
If you are married then always wear a condom, but do not expose your partner during known outbreaks.

In brief: Depends
If you are single, abstinence.
If you are married then always wear a condom, but do not expose your partner during known outbreaks.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Avoid the sores
In order to not catch the herpes virus, one must be able to talk about herpes with his potential sexual partner. He must ask her if she has had herpes sores.
If so, she can ask her doctor for prophylactic (preventive) anti-viral medication. The couple can also not have sex during the appearance of a sore, and for a week or so after the sore heals, to be extra safe. Using condoms helps prevention.

In brief: Avoid the sores
In order to not catch the herpes virus, one must be able to talk about herpes with his potential sexual partner. He must ask her if she has had herpes sores.
If so, she can ask her doctor for prophylactic (preventive) anti-viral medication. The couple can also not have sex during the appearance of a sore, and for a week or so after the sore heals, to be extra safe. Using condoms helps prevention.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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