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Preventing Genital Herpes

Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent genital herpes from infecting you. However, if you do decide to have sexual contact with another person there are several thing you might consider. Be involved in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship. Be open and honest with your partner. Communicate with your partner about sex, previous experiences, and STDs. If you are or have been infected with any STD tell your partner about it. Also, ask him or her to be honest with you.

The consistent and correct use of latex condoms can help protect against infection. However, condoms do not provide complete protection because the condom may not cover the total area affected by the herpes sore(s). If either you or your partner have genital herpes, it is best to abstain from sex when symptoms or signs are present, and to use latex condoms between outbreaks.

Also during oral sex, it is recommended to use a latex barrier. You may use a latex oral sex latex barrier. You can also cut a condom lengthwise and use it as a barrier during oral sex. This might prevent you from acquiring the herpes. However, remember that if affected areas are not covered by the barrier you could still get herpes.


In The Know: STI Pamphlet/ DVD Package
In the Know: STI Pamphlet Package