But it does require some responsible maintenance and communication with both your sexual partners and your physician.An open and honest conversation about your diagnosis can require emotional intimacy that may be scary to have in a new relationship.While at the doctor’s office, don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you may have, and make sure you ask for clarification if you don’t understand something., sexual health expert Dr.Bobby Lazzara says you can manage it enough to reduce the number of outbreaks and minimize the risk of transmission to future sexual partners.Harbushka says to relax and realize that it can be sexy to communicate with your partner about sex and other important intimate topics.With the right information and adequate protection, you can still enjoy a healthy sexual relationship.
However, HSV-1 can also be the virus that causes genital herpes (via oral sex) and HSV-2 can be the virus that gives you cold sores,” she says.
Lazzara stresses the importance of consistent and correct condom use, which can provide significant protection against the spread of herpes.
Plus, avoiding sexual interaction while experiencing an active herpes outbreak will also minimize the risk of transmission.
Alexandra Harbushka, founder of Life With Herpes and spokesperson for Meet People With Herpes, says a great way to lead with the topic is talking about both parties’ sexual health, and insisting that you both get tested.
When you tell your partners, Harbushka says you need to create the conversation around their needs.