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Old 10-24-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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Genital Herpes

does a couple with genital herpes still need to use a condom? both me and my husband have genital herpes but we are still confused about having to use a condom if we are only intimate with each oher.

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Old 10-24-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: Genital Herpes

There is no need to use a condom if you both have genital herpes. You are both already infected. You can't keep spreading it to each other or cause outbreaks.

Old 12-01-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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Re: Genital Herpes

This advice seems inconsistent with information I've read on the web. Can't genital herpes be caused by HSV I in cases of being passed through oral sex? I've heard HSV I is milder than HSV 2. If you both have symptoms on the lower half of your body it is considered genital herpes, but if one of you has HSV I and the other HSV 2, it would seem you could infect the other partner or vice versa. I'm no expert, I'm going through a similar situation. I have both herpes I and 2 and my flares seem to reoccur rather frequently. My husband had his first flare after 10 years of marriage with me and was diagnosed only with HSV I even though the symptoms appeared on his genitals. Anyway our doctor encouraged us not to have sex during flares and I seem to be the one with reoccuring flares even after taking Valtrex suppressively and vitamins, etc. My symptoms all these years were confined to the thighs and buttocks(I think). We obstained for several weeks after he was diagnosed for several reasons. We were finally reunited and had sex without a condom. In the last few weeks I started having symptoms more in the private areas and fear that sores can spread to other areas you weren't exposed to if your partner is infected during relations. I'm not really sure. All I can say is you may want to get medical advice on this Question. My husband and I are trying to find an infectious disease specialist so we can vent all our questions. If I find anything else out I'd be happy to post.

Old 12-02-2008, 03:26 PM   #4
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Re: Genital Herpes

I assumed both partners had genital type 2. If both have type 1 genitally that is not an issue either. However if one has type 1 and the other has type 2 then the person with type 1 genitally can also get type 2 genitally (but not the other way around) Even so, within a marriage, what difference does it make!? Better to not worry about such details and have a great sex life.

My husband and I both have genital herpes type 2 and my doctor said it is OK to have sex anytime. It doesn't even stop us from doing anything orally.

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Old 12-03-2008, 10:20 PM   #5
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Re: Genital Herpes

it is important to know that sometimes the genital herpes is caused by the herpes hsv-1, in that case if your partner has de hsv-2 in the genitals you are going to re-infect...and you will have more outbreaks ofently ( since your inmune sistem has to bettle twice)as well as more problems....if you have the sintoms the most important thing to do is testing your self and your partner, and use condoms and avoid oral intercousres

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