How can I prevent a genital herpes infection?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine
Abstinence from sexual intimacy (direct genital contact; oral, vaginal, and/or anal sex) is the only 100% effective prevention. Condom use decreases transmission but is not totally effective because virus can be shed outside of the area that condoms cover. Use new condoms for each partner with any shared sex toys, or preferably, do not share sex toys.
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