Question: What happens when you find out your partner has herpes?

Will I definitely get herpes if your partner has?

Yes. Even when no sores are present, the herpes virus is still active in the body and can spread to others. If you or your partner has herpes, reduce the risk of spread by: using a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal).

Should I get tested if my partner has herpes?

Should you get tested? Its a good idea for the partners of people with genital herpes to have a blood test for herpes antibodies. This can help them to decide whether to use antiviral medication as protection, for example. Both partners may already have the same virus type.

Can you live with someone with herpes and not get it?

People with herpes have relationships and live totally normal lives. There are treatments for herpes, and theres a lot you can do to make sure you dont give herpes to anyone you have sex with. Millions and millions of people have herpes — youre definitely not alone.

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