Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection. It causes small, painful blisters on your genital area. You can spread genital herpes to others, even when you have no symptoms. If you are sexually active, you can still pass herpes to your partner, even if you are taking antiviral medication.
Antiviral medication, taken every day as prescribed and used with the following safer sex practices, can lower the chances of passing genital herpes to your partner.
- Do not have sexual contact with your partner when you have any symptom or outbreak of genital herpes.
- Use a condom made of latex or polyurethane whenever you have sexual contact.
- Ask your healthcare provider for more information about safer sex practices.