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It's important to know how to decrease your risk of genital herpes if you do not have it. It is also important to know how to reduce the risk of spreading the virus if you do have it. Genital Herpes is a virus that once you get it, you have it for life. Having the virus also increases your risk for contracting HIV or AIDS. This is why it's important to know how to reduce your risk of contracting it. Part of that is understanding how it is spread.
Genital herpes can be spread by anal, oral, and vaginal sex. Kissing, or skin-to-skin contact can also spread it. It can be spread even if you are not having an outbreak, or any symptoms. You may have the virus and not know it. If you believe you may have it, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible, and avoid contact with others in the ways explained above. During an outbreak the virus can be spread by any contact with another person. You must be specifically careful when you are having an outbreak, but remember that it can be spread even if you are not having an outbreak and/or any symptoms.
To help prevent the spread of this virus if you have it you should avoid sexual contact, limit your number of sexual partners, use protection (latex condoms), and visit a doctor regularly and ask for help with treatment.
If you are pregnant, and have this virus, or think you might, you should tell your doctor immediately so they can conduct tests, and/or reduce the chance of infecting the baby during birth.
A person who is uninfected that has sexual contact with an infected person during the active stage has a 75% chance of contracting the virus.
An infected person can even spread the virus to other parts of their body by touching the infected area, then touching another part of their body. This is why it's important to understand that even masturbation can spread the infection.
Of course abstinence from all of the above activities will reduce your risk of contracting the virus almost inevitably. Protection, and precautions need to be taken for those who do not refrain.
It is believed that anything that makes the nervous system work harder can make outbreaks occur. This can be things such as fatigue, stress, bad nutrition, and even ultra violet light. Another belief is that tight clothing can stimulate outbreaks. These are beliefs of patients, and will be further discussed in "Health and Nutrition with Genital Herpes".
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