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Do Condoms protect you against STDs or Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Condoms do not provide 100 percent protection, but for people who are sexually active they are the best and the only method we have for preventing these diseases

Currently, FDA requires condom boxes and packets to state: “If used properly, latex condoms will help to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV infection (AIDS) and many other sexually transmitted diseases.” Many brands also state condoms are highly effective in preventing pregnancy.

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Facts about Genital Herpes or HSV-2

  1. There is no "safe" sex.
  2. Condoms do not necessarily prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
  3. Genital herpes is a viral infection that can cause painful genital sores and causes recurrent outbreaks.
  4. Many people are infected with herpes virus and are now aware of the infection.
  5. The herpes virus is spread by direct person-to-person contact.
  6. An infected person may transmit the virus to others even if no symptoms are present.

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How to Prevent Genital Herpes or HSV-2? Do Condoms help?

The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes, is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

Genital ulcer diseases can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes.

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Is there a Cure or Treatment for Genital Herpes or HSV-2? Does Zovirax, Famvir, or Valtrex help?

There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication.  In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

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How is Genital Herpes Spread? How do people get Genital Herpes?

HSV-1 and HSV-2 are transmitted through direct contact, including kissing, sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal sex), or skin-to-skin contact.

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How Common is Genital Herpes or HSV-2?

Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population, is infected with HSV-2. Roughly 16.2%, or about one out of six, people 14 to 49 years of age have genital HSV-2 infection. Over the past decade, the percentage of Americans with genital herpes infection in the U.S. has remained stable.

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