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How can I avoid genital herpes?

The risk of getting genital herpes can be reduced by practicing safe sex, which means using a barrier, such as a condom, when having sex. Consistent use of condoms will reduce the risk of contracting herpes by 50%. It is best to avoid any sexual contact if either partner has an outbreak of herpes.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease


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