It’s never fun finding out that you have herpes. It’s even worse to be faced with the possibility of spreading it to others. Though the likelihood of spreading herpes when you’re not suffering from an outbreak is low, and in fact many people with herpes don’t experience outbreaks at all, there are still measures that you can take to lower your chances of passing the virus onto your significant other.
Here are a few tips on how to manage herpes prevention:
1) First, take your meds. Very often, doctors will prescribe ant-viral medication that will keep the herpes virus from making your skin break out into the tell-tale sores. If you take your medication regularly, you may even stop experiencing outbreaks at all. These medications can also greatly reduce the risk of your passing the herpes virus onto a partner.
2) Second, if you feel that an outbreak coming on—for example, if there is pain or itching—then do not have sex of any kind. Avoid having your partner come into contact with your genitals at all for seven days after the outbreak is over. No barriers are completely effective at herpes prevention; even condoms will not shield your partner if you are having an outbreak.
3) On the other hand, if you are not experiencing an outbreak, wearing a condom every time during sex helps reduce the risk of passing the virus onto your partner. Condoms combined with herpes medication, as well as abstinence during outbreaks, will help to keep you from spreading herpes.
As you can see, a herpes diagnoses doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the end of your sex life. It also doesn’t mean that you can’t have a romantic relationship with someone who does not have the virus, though a good herpes prevention plan is necessary. One way to greatly simplify your dating life, however, is to date others who already have the virus. If you’re searching for that special someone, have a look at PositiveSingles.com and find a good match today.