Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease – for which the old adage “prevention is better than cure” fits like hand in glove, since once contracted it cannot be effectively cured.
Hence, it is very important to prevent oneself from contracting genital herpes in the first place. Given below are some of the ways in which you can prevent getting genital herpes:
Avoid people with genital herpes
Putting it more articulately, avoid sleeping with the people with genital herpes. Have a chat with your potential partner whether they have genital herpes. If they do, then do not talk yourself into having sex with them.
This is a perfect recipe for disaster as you will increase your risks of contracting genital herpes manifold. Hence, getting your partner tested for genital herpes isn’t such a bad idea.
Use a condom
Unless you are in a long term monogamous relationship, where you can be sure that your partner is not infected with genital herpes; you should under all circumstances use a condom. Even the ones in long term relationships can use it – it doesn’t hurt playing safe.
Condoms are definitely not a foolproof method; but they remarkably reduce the chances of contracting genital herpes or for that matter any other sexually transmitted disease. Even the ladies can opt for the female condoms available, nowadays. In other words, sex and condom should come together in your dictionary – no matter what the circumstances.
Avoid sex during the active periods
In case you or your partner already has genital herpes, then it is imperative to avoid sex during the active outbreak periods of herpes, in order to prevent its transmission to the partner.
The signs of an impending outbreak are the warning bells and sex should not be resumed until the last of the sores of your partner has healed. Sexual activity not only makes the healing process prolonged, but also inevitably provides the uninfected partner with some of the virus. Needless to say, even if the herpes has healed, using a condom still remains a must.
A good diet for better immunity
A strong immunity system comes handy when trying to avoid contracting such viruses. It is important to take vitamins and multivitamin supplements daily and to exercise and rest well. Stress or anxiety coupled with a bad lifestyle can make you more prone to such infectious diseases.
Hence, if you wish to avoid a lifetime of recurring, painful cold sores; make sure to arm yourself against contracting this sexually transmitted disease.