If you are someone who suffers from genital herpes and you are in a sexual relationship, it is important for you to be aware of the realities of genital herpes transmission. There are a number of factors which have an effect upon the chances of whether you may transmit herpes to your sexual partner and a number of precautions which you can take to ensure that your partner is safe. Here are five of the best ways that you can keep your partner safe from genital herpes transmission.
1. Use of condoms
The use of condoms dramatically decreases the risk of transmission of any sexual disease and while their use cannot guarantee 100% protection from herpes transmission, it does reduce the chances of transmission by at least 30% and up to 50%.
2. Inform your partner
Keeping the truth about your genital herpes from your partner is not advisable. Scientific studies show that people who disclose the fact that they have herpes to a potential or current sexual partner are less likely to pass on the virus. While revealing the existence of genital herpes may have a negative effect upon the sexual relationship in the short-term, it is more likely that your sexual partner will thank you in the long run for your honesty and your commitment to avoiding genital herpes transmission.
If you are aware that you have acquired genital herpes, you will want to prevent the symptoms of its presence by every means possible. This is because the risk of genital herpes transmission is significantly higher when there are external signs of the disease. Sexual contact should be avoided entirely during an episode of genital herpes. You may find that suppressive therapy and the use of medication is a realistic therapeutic option which should be discussed with your partner and medical practitioner
4. Recognizing the symptoms of a genital herpes outbreak
If you are able to recognize the early warning signs of an outbreak, then you are far better placed to avoid transmission. Unfortunately, there is still a risk of spreading the virus even when there are no evident signs of herpes sores or blisters as skin which does not present symptoms can still shed the virus and transmit it to a sexual partner.
5. Proper diagnosis
One of the most important factors in preventing transmitting herpes is knowledge. It is estimated that up to 80% of people carrying the herpes virus are not aware of it. Because of this, they do not take the necessary precautions to avoiding passing it on to their partner. It can be a long time before any symptoms of transmission show up, so it is recommended to test for the presence of herpes in order to avoid passing it on unwittingly.
These are just some of the ways in which it is possible to reduce the possibility of genital herpes transmission to a new or long-standing sexual partner. It is possible to live a fulfilled sexual life even as a carrier of genital herpes once you are of the virus and have knowledge of the ways in which you can protect your partner.