Herpes | Prevention


Is there a safe time to have sex and not spread herpes?

No time is completely safe because it's hard to know for sure when you can spread herpes. You must tell your sex partner that you have herpes.

You should avoid having sex if you have any sores. Herpes can spread from one person to another very easily when sores are present. Another reason to avoid sex when sores are present is that sores make it easier to become infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS.

You should use condoms every time you have sex. Condoms can only help reduce the risk of spreading herpes if they cover all the infected skin.


Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infections by Caroline M. Rudnick, M.D., PH.D., and Grant S. Hoekzema, M.D. (American Family Physician March 15, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020315/1138.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 01/96