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Genital Herpes Prevention


To prevent the spread of the herpes simplex virus:

  • Use condoms to help prevent the spread of genital herpes.
  • Avoid oral sex if your partner has herpes blisters on the mouth or genital area.
  • Avoid touching blisters to prevent spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Ask your doctor about medication that may reduce the chance of spreading the virus. (eg, valacyclovir )
  • If you are pregnant and have herpes, tell your doctor. Medication given to newborns immediately after birth can decrease the chance of infection. If you have herpes blisters during delivery, you may need a Cesarean section .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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