Any person who has sex can get genital herpes. The best way to avoid it is to not have oral, vaginal, and anal sex.

Take these steps to lower your risk:

  • Have sex with only one partner who does not have the virus.
  • Always use a latex condom during sex.
  • If your partner has cold sores , do not kiss or have oral sex. The virus that causes cold sores can be spread to the genital and anal areas.
  • Avoid risky sex, such as sex without a condom or sex with someone you do not know.
  • Know if you or your partner has the virus. Talk about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Have regular checkups. Get screening tests if your doctor advises them.
  • Counseling may be needed if you have sex that puts you at risk.
  • Talk to your doctor about your risks and any concerns you have about STIs.

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