Genital Herpes: How do You Avoid Passing it on?
The only way to avoid giving Genital Herpes to others is to avoid physical
contact from the genitals with another person. Genital Herpes is
mostly contagious via sexual activity.
Genital Herpes is caused by the virus
Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV2). Once you've caught the virus, it's for life, it
doesn't leave your body. Fortunately it is latent most of the time. The symptoms
of Genital Herpes are a rash around the genital area, in principle
anywhere between the knees and waist. This rash turns into blisters
which then turn into a dry scab. Genital Herpes will come back with
intervals of typically months or years.
Precaution & Prevention of Genital Herpes
Genital Herpes is a fairly harmless disease.
There are rarely any complications though you may also experience
headaches or a fever aswell as the symptoms mentioned above.
It is a very common disease (estimated that 50-80% of the world population
have one form of the herpes virus) and most people don't even know they have it.
It is mostly contagious when there are visible symptoms of an outbreak,
but also in the viral shedding period.
You are not expected to stop having sex - But there are certain precautions you should take when in outbreak
- Avoid sexual activity
- This includes oral sex as you might give your partner Oral
- Do not touch the affected area
- Wash your hands regularily
- Take antiviral treatment
- Do not share wash cloths, towels or clothing
Treatment of Genital Herpes
Antiviral treatment will not only reduce the risk of spreading Genital
Herpes, it will also reduce the duration, frequency and severity of
outbreaks. For some people it may even eliminate the outbreaks,
although you can never eliminate the virus completely.
The antiviral treatment is a tablet available on prescription
from your doctor. The active ingredients are:
You may have to try several to find the one that works for you.
Your doctor will advice you on this.
- The Herpes treatment page
- Will using a condom help prevent passing Genital Herpes?
- If you have Genital Herpes, or think you might have, see your doctor!
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