Precautions for genital herpes
The best precaution to take for genital herpes is abstinence from sexual activities, especially if the symptoms are visible (during an outbreak). Being loyal to your partner and not having sex with anyone else but your partner will reduce or even eliminate the risk of being infected by herpes, but if your partner contacts herpes it doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she has been unfaithful.
Using latex condoms and other forms of protection is another way to avoid spreading genital herpes. As condoms can break or not cover the infected area they are not 100% safe.
Pregnant women with genital herpes should consult their doctor and find out wether it is safe to give birth naturally or have a caesarian section.
Precautions for oral herpes
Precautions one should take when one wants to avoid spreading or contacting oral herpes (cold sores) are listed below:
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching the infected area
- Avoid kissing other people especially infants
- Don’t perform oral sex
- Don’t share razors with other people
- Avoid rubbing your eyes