How to Have Safe Sex with Herpes
Even if you have herpes, you can still maintain a fulfilling sex life. Although it might prove to be a bit more complicated, an enjoyable and safe sex life can be reached if you follow some guidelines.
The way herpes spreads is through sexual contact between an infected partner and an uninfected partner. Herpes is the most widespread sexually transmitted infection in the world. That’s why it is paramount to understand the safe ways you can perform sexually in order to protect the virus from spreading.
How The Virus Travels
The herpes virus enters the body through a break in the skin or mucous membranes. When you show symptoms of a herpes outbreak (such as sores on the genitals or mouth) it is important to avoid sexual intercourse (vaginally, nally, or orally).
If you not in the midst of an outbreak, it is ok to have sex. However, it is important to communicate with your partner the risks. It all depends where your herpes manifests in the body (if you have sores on your mouth, genital sex is safe). However, there is a chance that your partner can be infected even if no outbreak exists. Being open and honest with your partner about herpes and its potential to spread is the greatest importance.
Always use a condom for any type of sex. Substantial research has shown that condoms prevent infection. Condoms provide a barrier that can be used a bandaid against breaks in the skin.
Expanding your Sex Life
Expressing ourselves sexually can be done without genitals or mouth contact. Exploring other ways to reach sexual satisfaction can avoid your risk of getting herpes. If you have questions about what is safe and what is not, make sure you to consult a sexual health professional. Dr. Elist is a leading sexual health expert, who have helped thousands of couples revive their sex lives.