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Preventing herpes infection

  • The odds of getting infected with herpes increase manifold if you have had oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) infection.
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    The odds of getting infected with herpes increase manifold if you have had oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) infection.

  • Abstinence is the surest way to avoid the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes.
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    Abstinence is the surest way to avoid the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes.

  • Maintain a healthy sexual relationship with only one partner and make sure he/she has been tested and is found to be uninfected.
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    Maintain a healthy sexual relationship with only one partner and make sure he/she has been tested and is found to be uninfected.

  • The risk of transmitting the virus gets reduced if you use condoms properly and consistently.
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    The risk of transmitting the virus gets reduced if you use condoms properly and consistently.

  • If you notice some signs and symptoms of herpes (like fever, blisters and cold sores), get yourself tested of herpes.
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    If you notice some signs and symptoms of herpes (like fever, blisters and cold sores), get yourself tested of herpes.

  • Use a lubricant. This will decrease friction and make the viral particles less likely to adhere to new locations.
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    Use a lubricant. This will decrease friction and make the viral particles less likely to adhere to new locations.

  • Arrange for external ejaculation. Keep a small towel handy for the appropriate moment.
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    Arrange for external ejaculation. Keep a small towel handy for the appropriate moment.

  • Wash thoroughly afterwards (not the next morning) with soap and water. This will help remove the virus at the skin
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    Wash thoroughly afterwards (not the next morning) with soap and water. This will help remove the virus at the skin's surface.

  • If you or your partner has a cold sore, it is advisable to avoid oral sex as this can spread the virus to the genitals.
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    If you or your partner has a cold sore, it is advisable to avoid oral sex as this can spread the virus to the genitals.

  • It is important to understand what herpes is; how it can be prevented; which precautions are best.
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    It is important to understand what herpes is; how it can be prevented; which precautions are best.

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