How is transmission of genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection prevented?

Updated: Feb 27, 2019
  • Author: J Michael Klatte, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Measures to prevent or minimize transmission of genital HSV infection include the following:

  • Avoid contact with individuals excreting the virus (difficult, because they are often asymptomatic)

  • Start oral antiviral therapy at the first symptom or sign of genital HSV disease

  • Promote condom use

  • Provide appropriate evaluation, counseling, and education

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