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How can I protect myself from catching genital herpes from my girlfriend?

I met a girl online who just found out she has herpes. I think she’s a very sweet person. Is it possible to lead a normal life with her? How do we have sex without spreading the disease? Will I get herpes from her if we take all the precautions? 

Is herpes infectious even without an outbreak?

I got herpes 20 years ago, and I’ve been married twice without passing it on. But now I learned that herpes can be contagious even without an outbreak. I haven’t had an outbreak for about two years. Is it possible for me to infect a sexual partner even if I don’t show any symptoms? 

I have genital herpes...will my boyfriend ever be able to give me oral sex without protection?

I’m a 22-year-old woman with genital herpes. Recently, I met a wonderful guy and we’ve been dating. Our sex life is fun and we always use condoms, but I miss receiving oral sex and I don’t think using a dental dam will feel as good. I read an article that said it was very unlikely (but not impossible) to pass herpes through oral sex. What do you think?

Can HSV-1 in the mouth be transferred to other body parts?

I know that HSV-1 can be transmitted to the lips or genitals of one’s partner. But is there a risk that the virus could be passed to other body parts, like the breasts or neck during foreplay and intercourse? And, what is the likelihood of spreading oral herpes through kissing if no symptoms are present?

Where can you get herpes?

I have some red spots at the base of my penis...is that a place where herpes can show up? 

I know there are different kinds of STDs. What are genital herpes?

I don’t know much about genital herpes. What causes it and how do you know if you have it or not?

How do you get genital herpes?

I’m close to having sex with my new boyfriend…but I want to make sure I’m informed. So, how do you get genital herpes? Do condoms help?

Is it possible to have herpes and not know it?

I’m a 21-year-old woman. I'm. About six months ago, I found out that I have genital herpes. The only person I could have contracted it from is my current boyfriend (he’s my first). We’re close and I believe he didn’t know he had the virus, but my family and friends think he must have known. Is it possible that a man might not know he has the herpes virus?

I’m confused about how you get herpes. Can you help?

How do you get herpes? Is it passed in semen?

Could you explain how you get herpes?

I’m worried about getting herpes. How do you get herpes and how can I protect myself?