Can I Get Herpes While Wearing a Condom?

Have you asked the question "Can I get herpes while using a condom?" or you've heard someone ask "Can You Get Herpes if your partner is wearing a condom?" On this page we'll answer this question.

Fact: Genital Herpes Can Be Transferred During Sex When A Condom Is Used

Condoms do a good job at protecting against the spread of genital herpes. However, they do not completely eliminate the risk of transferring genital herpes from one person to their partner.

For herpes to be transferred from one person to another, the infected person must be shedding the virus. If someone has lesions (sores) on their body due to herpes, then they can definitely infect someone else. However, it is important to note that if a person with genital herpes does not have visible sores, they may still be able to spread herpes, as the virus sheds from the body a few times a year.

The easiest way for herpes to be transferred is if a man has genital sores on his penis, which during sex is inserted into the mouth, vagina or anus of the female. The virus can then be transferred directly during intercourse. The condom, if used properly will protect against this type of transfer.

If a woman is shedding the virus, then it can be transferred to the man if he has any abrasions on the outside or inside of his penis. This type can of herpes transmission can also be prevented with proper use of the condom.

So how exactly can genital herpes be transferred while wearing a condom?

There are several methods by which herpes can be transferred while a condom is used:

  • If the condom is used improperly or damaged due to age or misuse, genital herpes can be trasnferred. If the condom is too big or too small, the herpes virus can be transferred. If the condom breaks (small tear or complete rip), then obviously genital herpes can infect the other partner.
  • If the condom is not put on before any penis contact, herpes can be transferred. For instance, if foreplay occurs and the condom is put on before direct sexual intercourse begins, it is still possible for herpes to be transferred from one person skin to another.
  • If the condom is not removed properly, then herpes can be transferred. When a man with herpes sores removes a condom, the virus is inside the condom. If the woman removes the condom and if she touches any part of the inside of the condom or spills the fluid, it is possible she could transfer herpes to herself if she then touches her genitals. If the woman has herpes, then the virus can be present on the outside of the common. If the man removes the condom and touches the outside and then his penis, it is possible for herpes to be spread.
  • The genital herpes virus can also cause lesions or sores on regions of the body that are not covered by a condom (including the anus). If a man is using a condom and the skin to skin contact occurs from any two openings on two partners (for instance, a herpes sore on the thigh brushes the anus or vagina), then herpes can be transferred.
  • If oral sex is performed from one partner to other, then a mouth-mouth kiss occurs, followed by oral sex from the second person to the first, then genital herpes could be transferred.

    There are no official stats on how likely it is to transfer genital herpes from one person to the other. Generally this depends on how safe two partners are being with the condom and the type of sex they are having.

    If you want to have sex with genital herpes, the following can be done to reduce the risk of herpes transfer:

  • If someone has any visible genital herpes sores, sexual intercourse should not happen.
  • Before starting any type of sexual contact, a condom should be worn. This means that if the genitals are exposed, a condom should be worn.
  • As soon as the sex is finished, the condom should carefully be removed and disposed of. The hands should then be washed before any part of the body is touched. In addition, do not then go and lay next to your partner naked - this is a mistake. The body should be covered.
  • Consult a doctor about antiviral medications for genital herpes, which can lessen the length and extent of genital herpes outbreaks.
  • Be conscious of how the virus can be spread. Don't get too crazy during sexual intercourse.

    Finally, note that there are really only two ways to guarantee you won't get genital herpes during sex:

  • Don't have sex - abstinence
  • Have sex with only one person who has been tested for genital herpes

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