PROTECTING FEMALE PARTNER FROM HERPES
Herpes is transmitted skin-to-skin during oral, anal, and vaginal sex, so the mode of spread remains relatively consistent whether in a homosexual or heterosexual relationship. Increasingly herpes simplex virus type 1 is being documented as being spread during oral-anal or oral-vaginal sex. Studies have shown that people with herpes can shed the virus and potentially spread it about 10% of the time (3 or 4 days a month) and not have any symptoms. Since not having sexual contact is not feasible for most of us, I’d recommend that newly diagnosed patients confirm the diagnosis and talk to their doctor about herpes medications like acyclovir that have been shown to decrease the spread of herpes from a person with herpes who takes the medication to the uninfected partner.
For more information, visit http://www.sfcityclinic.org/stdbasics/herpes.asp.
To your health,
STD TRANSMISSION AND PREVENTION ADVICE
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