6 doctors weighed in:
What can you do to keep from getting genital herpes?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid touching virus
The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus.
On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people.

In brief: Avoid touching virus
The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus.
On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Flax
Please note that oral herpes is also contagious. Kissing someone with a cold sore can spread the virus...as can oral sex
Dr. Denard Fobbs
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Much & Nothing
I agree with dr. Kwok.
But know this; even with no lessions or apparent viral activity there can be cervical/vaginal viral shedding . Thus some risk of infection even during so called "safe periods.".

In brief: Much & Nothing
I agree with dr. Kwok.
But know this; even with no lessions or apparent viral activity there can be cervical/vaginal viral shedding . Thus some risk of infection even during so called "safe periods.".
Dr. Denard Fobbs
Dr. Denard Fobbs
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