Preventing Genital Herpes
Because many people are unaware that they have genital herpes, preventing the disease can be difficult. In addition, the herpes virus can sometimes become active without any symptoms appearing, but can still be transmitted. Some suggestions for reducing your risk include abstaining from sex, being faithful to your sexual partner, and using condoms every time during intercourse.
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). In fact, it is thought that almost one in five adolescents and adults have had genital herpes. With the condition affecting so many people, preventing genital herpes can be a difficult challenge.
There are two other reasons why preventing genital herpes can be difficult. The first is that most people who have genital herpes are unaware that they have the infection. The second is that even among those who are aware of their infection, there are times when the herpes simplex virus can become active without genital herpes symptoms appearing (known as asymptomatic shedding) but can still be transmitted.
What can you do to protect yourself from getting genital herpes? Also, if you have the condition, what can you do to prevent spreading genital herpes to uninfected people?
For a person without genital herpes, there are things you can do to protect yourself. These prevention strategies include:
- Abstain from sex
- Be faithful
- Use condoms
- Understand birth control options.
Don't Have Sex
Like other STDs, genital herpes is mostly spread through unprotected sex. Therefore, the best method of genital herpes prevention is to abstain from sex. This means not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.