HSV Facts: #1 – Condoms don’t always protect against herpes.


It is estimated that 90% of American adults acquire some type of HSV in their lifetime. It’s also estimated that of that 90%; over 80% have never shown symptoms! These people can unknowingly spread the infection.

Without using any protection, transmission for female to male is about 4%; male to female, about 10%. Other than abstinence, condoms and daily suppression have been proven very effective. With condoms reducing around 30% and a daily suppression routine reducing about 50%.

Genital herpes can be found anywhere within the boxer region. Meaning transmission is possible if every precaution is taken. (Even if the person has never shown signs or symptoms)

There are many couples where one person has herpes and the other doesn’t. They are typically aware of the risk they are taking. However, for those who are single and have multiple partners- it’s extremely difficult to be fully protected.

Get tested & don’t forget to specifically ask for the IGG blood test to test for herpes antibodies. Herpes is NOT included on a regular STD panel. It’s up to YOU to ensure your health. Don’t be afraid if your test may come out positive. The result is still the same whether you know it or not. You may be unknowingly spreading HSV.

It’s important to know your partner(s) and always have “the talk” before initiating sexual contact. If a potential partner claims to be “clean” double check if they’ve had the blood test for HSV. Remember – most people are unaware they have it!

 

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