How can I protect myself from herpes?

  • Do not have sex with someone who has an open sore on his or her sex organs.
  • Always use a latex condom during sex.
  • Limit your number of sex partners.

How can I prevent spreading herpes?

Herpes can be spread even when there are no symptoms. To prevent spreading the virus:

  • Use a condom when you have sex. (Using a condom will not always prevent the spread of herpes because some sores may be in a place that cannot be covered by a condom.)
  • Don't have sex when sores are present.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/17/2014.


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