04 May Prevent Herpes Outbreaks
Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus are looking for a way to prevent herpes outbreaks. Both HSV 1 and HSV 2 can be extremely painful, embarrassing and contagious when blisters are present. Herpes treatments can help to relieve current outbreaks as well as prevent future outbreaks. By stopping herpes outbreaks before they start you:
- avoid painful lesions,
- reduce the risk of passing on the virus to sexual partners, and
- avert other herpes symptoms.
Prevent Herpes Outbreaks: Questions & Answers
“Can genital herpes come back?
Yes. Herpes symptoms can come and go, but the virus stays inside your body even after all signs of the infection have gone away. In most people, the virus becomes “active” from time to time, creating an outbreak. People who have a first outbreak can expect to have 4 or 5 outbreaks within a year.
Is there a cure for genital herpes?
No. Once you have the virus, it stays in your body and there is a chance that you will have outbreaks. Medicine can shorten and stop outbreaks from happening.
What should I do if my partner has genital herpes?
Get tested to find out if you also are infected with the herpes virus. Avoid having any sexual activity while your partner is being treated for a genital herpes outbreak or if your partner has symptoms of an outbreak, such as open sores. Use condoms correctly and every time you have sex to lower your risk of becoming infected. Keep in mind that you can become infected with the herpes virus since condoms do not always cover all infected areas. Also, the virus can spread even if no symptoms are present. Talk to your partner about using daily suppressive therapy to reduce the number of outbreaks and lower the risk of infecting you with the virus.”
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