• Greg Paris Greg Paris
    September 19, 2008
    What is my risk of contracting herpes?
    Greg Paris Greg Paris
    September 19, 2008

    I have been seeing a wonderful woman. She tells me that she contracted genital herpes many years ago, that she hasn't had an outbreak in years and that she takes daily antiviral medicine. There is a good chance that we may become sexually intimate soon and I am wondering what my risk is for contracting the virus. Of course, we would avoid sex during an outbreak (although there haven't been any for a long time) and we would practice safer sex--dental dams or plastic wrap for oral sex (me on her) and condoms from start to finish for intercourse and oral sex (her on me). I have read that condoms only offer limited protection since they do not cover every place where there may be contact. Realistically, what are the odds of me contracting the herpes virus? I understand that the odds would increase the more we have sex, but what are we talking about? Is there a 40 percent chance I will contract the virus, a 4 percent chance, or something in between? Thanks for your help with this. GP



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