Dating someone who has herpes
Can I date if I have herpes?
People who have active herpes can start dating and engaging in sexual contact once they have been treated and recovered (after at least 7 days after the rash goes away), but it is important that they are honest with their partners. Using condoms may reduce the risk of herpes transmission but will not eliminate the risk completely.
Can you have a relationship with herpes and still have symptoms?
Many people with herpes never have symptoms or outbreaks. For those that do, anti-herpes medications, such as Valtrex, Zovirax, and Famvir, can prevent or shorten outbreaks. A relationship doesn’t have to end because of herpes. You can still stay together, you can still have freaky sex, you can get married and have kids, whatever.
Can I still have sex if I have herpes?
Sure, you’ll need to make a few changes going forward, including telling potential partners about your diagnosis before getting busy and learning to recognize signs of an outbreak. But you can absolutely continue dating and engaging in sexual activity. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus (HSV), HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Can I break up with my boyfriend because of herpes?
For those that do, anti-herpes medications, such as Valtrex, Zovirax, and Famvir, can prevent or shorten outbreaks. A relationship doesn’t have to end because of herpes. You can still stay together, you can still have freaky sex, you can get married and have kids, whatever. But if you do choose to break it off because of herpes, that’s okay, too.
How can I Stop my partner from spreading herpes?
Talk with your partner about taking herpes medicine every day, which can lower their chances of spreading herpes. Don’t have sex during a herpes outbreak, even with a condom. There may be sores on places the condom doesn’t cover. Wait until the sores are totally gone, and the scabs heal and fall off.
Is it safe to have sex with a partner with herpes?
Many monogamous couples think that if they abstain from sex or use condoms when one partner has an obvious herpes lesion, the other will be safe. This is not so. Studies that tested for the silent presence of the virus on genitals have shown that a person with genital herpes sheds the virus about 15 percent of the time.
How do I know if my boyfriend has herpes?
A doctor can determine this with a blood test for Herpes 2 (Ig), a type-specific immunoglobulin. If you are already infected, you won’t be at risk for a new infection — you and your boyfriend already share the virus. But knowing your herpes status will tell you whether you are capable of infecting a future partner.
Can you get herpes if there has been no outbreak?
However, it’s possible for herpes to be spread even if there has been no recent outbreak.Herpes is spread by touching, kissing, and sexual intercourse — including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Condoms can reduce the risk of transmitting herpes between outbreaks, but do not fully protect against it.