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I have herpes and I was wondering is there any surefire way that i won't pass it onto a partner? I am pretty scared. Thank you for all of your hard work and persiverience on ALL of these question, some are repetitive but you help so many people. Thank you

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I thought I'd toss in that there are plenty of ways to have sex that don't necessarily involve the mouth or genitals, the two most common sites for herpes lesions.

"Abstinence" in this case means "abstinence from activities that would expose a partner to your active lesion areas or areas which are likely to be shedding lots of virus" and not "no sex, period, give it up, become a monk/nun." Many people who have chronic viral STDs like herpes (and even HIV/AIDS) get pretty good at alternate sexual activities that both they and their partners really enjoy and that don't put anyone at risk of catching the STD.

And of course, latex is your pal. Gloves, condoms, dental dams. Work that latex!

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I'm just wondering, if i had a cold sore on my mouth, could i pass the virus to MY genitals and get herpes simplex-2?

thanks for replies!

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The short answer is yes, you can transmit herpes from your mouth to your genitals and vice versa.

Longer, more detailed answers can be found in these articles:
STI File: Herpes Simplex
Herpes & HPV

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