Sexually active individuals should be on the lookout for herpes
However, although genital herpes is prevalent, there are ways that people can prevent the condition and suppress outbreaks if they're already infected. First of all, it's important for individuals to know that herpes can be contracted not only through sexual intercourse, but also through contact between the mouth and the genital region. In addition, once a person is infected, he or she may not exhibit any symptoms and therefore may not think herpes is present.
Whether or not there are symptoms, it's important to be evaluated by a healthcare provider if a person suspects an infection. If the individual is positive for herpes, a clinician can then prescribe an antiviral herpes treatment to suppress the virus and promote the healing of outbreaks.