Reducing risk of partner getting herpes

Q. I am just starting to see someone who does not have herpes. I’ve told him I have herpes and he has been ok.


We have not had sex as yet. I want to know what can we do to reduce the risk of him getting infected when we make love.


Also, can we have a bath together or share a towel? - A Datepositive.net member.


A. No problem bathing together or sharing a towel, unless you have very obvious visible sore lesions.

You should still use protection for intercourse as you may have internal visible lesions or be shedding HSV. - Dr. Laurence Gerlis.

Introducing Ask the Doctor to datepositive.net

Datepositive introduces a new feature, Ask the Doctor.

Dr Laurence Gerlis, MA, MB, B Chir (Cantab), MRCP (UK), FFPM will answer three to four questions a month about sexual health issues from both members and non-members of our site.

This is a completely anonymous and confidential service. You do not have to identify yourself at all.

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