Who Is at Risk for Genital Herpes?

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Jan 18, 2013

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and anyone who is sexually active is at risk of contracting the disease. But certain factors increase a person’s risk of genital herpes. Read to know who is at risk for genital herpes.

High risk sexual behavior: People with high risk sexual behavior like ---who do not use condoms (that is have unprotected sex), who have become sexually active from young age, who have been sexually active for many years, who have multiple sexual partners (each additional sexual partner increases the risk of being exposed to the virus that causes genital herpes), homosexual men.

Infected partner: People with partner who is infected with genital herpes are at risk of getting genital herpes.

Sex: Women are at higher risk of getting genital herpes as compared to men (about 1 of every 4 women is infected whereas nearly 1 of every 8 men is infected) as sexual transmission of the virus from men to women is easier and higher than from women to men.

Age: New infections are more common in sexually active adolescents and young adults (20-40 years old).

Other sexually transmitted diseases: People who have another sexually transmitted disease or a history of other sexually transmitted disease, or have HIV and other disease which affect the immune system are at risk of genital herpes.

Newborns: Infants born vaginally to an infected mother is at risk of HSV infection.Delivery by cesarean section can prevent transmission from a mother to baby.

You can reduce the risk of getting genital herpes by;

  • Having one sex partner who is not infected and is in a monogamous relationship with you
  • Using latex condoms, as only these condoms will work to prevent infection. Condoms made from animal membrane (sheepskin) may not protect as the virus can go right through them.



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