Any person who has sex can get genital herpes. The best way to avoid it is to not have oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
Take these steps to lower your risk:
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Last reviewed May 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 08/10/2018