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Can You Have Herpes & Not Give it to Your Partner?

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection passed on through vaginal, anal and oral sex. Unfortunately, there is not yet a known cure for HSV-1 and HSV-2, which may cause you to worry if you or your partner (or potential partner) have the infection. But, you’ll be pleased to know that there are ways to live with herpes and still enjoy intimacy. So, first things first, can you have herpes and not give it to your partner?

Yes, you can still enjoy physical intimacy with your partner, even if you have herpes. However, you must take preventative measures to avoid spreading the STD. These include:

  • Avoiding sex and sexual contact during an outbreak
  • Not sharing sex toys
  • Using a barrier method of protection
  • Taking daily antiviral medication to reduce the frequency and intensity of an outbreak

In this blog, we will specifically look at genital herpes, including ways to prevent transmission when getting intimate with a partner.