Herpes Advice – Safe Sex

The cold sore and genital herpes virus is extremely contagious. This is usually spread by skin-to-skin contact. Even when there are no sores or blisters are visible, there is a risk of the virus spreading, especially when there are signs of tingling or itching.

Herpes Protection

Many couples that have been in a sexual relationship for years have reported no transmission of the virus. They attribute this to abstaining from intercourse during outbreaks or avoiding contact with sores and blisters.

If you care about your partner and want to have an intimate relationship with her or him, herpes does not have to stand in the way. Couples deal successfully with herpes all the time. In most cases, it is only a minor inconvenience. Remember, there is no cure for herpes.

Herpes often brings about some changes in a couple’s sex life, such as abstaining from sex during outbreaks. For most people with herpes, this occurs only a few times a year. Ask your partner how often he or she has outbreaks so you’ll have some idea of what to expect.

Risk of Infection

Use condoms to reduce the risk of infection between outbreaks.

Condoms offer the best protection against other STDs and STIs as well, which is important in a new relationship. Since herpes does not pose a serious health risk, some couples choose not to use condoms in a long-term relationship.
Condoms do not provide 100% protection but should be used when engaging in casual sex. Also, new wool condoms have a woven texture through which this incredibly small virus can migrate.

Please read through our various articles on how to treat herpes.

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