She's only had one outbreak of genital herpes a year ago. Do I still need protection?
May 11, 2006 11:19 AM Subscribe
What is the relative safety of certain sexual acts with a partner who has had one confirmed outbreak of genital herpes and no subsequent outbreaks?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
I, a male, have been dating a girl for a year. I was aware that shortly before we started dating, she contracted genital herpes (from oral sex), and had one severe outbreak. Since that incident, a year and a few months have passed with many stressful circumstances and no outbreaks. We have had sex with condoms and oral sex with dental dams, but not surprisingly, we have considered moving away from both of those (especially with oral sex, since she would prefer not to use birth control). While I know you can never say never, and that herpes can reoccur at any time, I was wondering how safe I would be engaging in either or both of the aforementioned activities. I believe that shedding will continue to occur at irrelegular intervals for the rest of her life, but if she is asymptomatic, could this affect me?