Question: How can I prevent passing herpes to my partner?

What are the chances of giving someone herpes?

The general rate of transmission of a person who has had herpes to their regular partner is about 10 percent per year, but the annual rate rises if the infected partner is a male. Unfairly, the female partner has a 20 percent chance of becoming infected, while the male partners risk is less than 10 percent.

How can I prevent my partner from getting herpes?

Always use condoms and dental dams during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Talk with your partner about taking herpes medicine every day, which can lower their chances of spreading herpes. Dont have sex during a herpes outbreak, even with a condom. There may be sores on places the condom doesnt cover.

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