Is There A Herpes Vaccine Available?

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When looking for ways to avoid herpes, a lot of people question whether or not there is a vaccine out there to prevent the spread of this virus. While there are a number of promising vaccines in the works, none of them have actually been proven 100% effective at this time. Although there are clinical trials currently underway, many of which are showing much promise, none have currently been approved by the FDA for general distribution. The vaccines that are in the process are not targeted to remove the herpes virus from those who currently have it, but rather to be administered to people who do not have herpes already and to prevent them contracting the virus in the future. At this time, there are no medical methods that reduce the risk of transmitting herpes to zero.

In order to prevent herpes from transmitting from one partner to the next, you should avoid skin to skin contact during an actual outbreak. Any sores on the surface of the skin will be highly contagious and will easily pass the virus from one person to the next. You should also wait a few days after the skin problems have subsided before any physical activity because the herpes can still be present without sores around. As long as you monitor outbreaks religiously, you can minimize the chances of transmission.

Certainly one of the dilemma’s couple face, when one has herpes and the other doesn’t, is finding safe ways to be intimate, while reducing the risk of transmitting the virus. It can definitely take some work trying to find what works best. If you have genital herpes, it’s imperative that you wear a condom during sexual activity. This will provide a somewhat safe barrier between the vagina, anus, or penis that is coming into contact with the herpes. You also need to monitor the appearance of cold sores on your mouth because they are a form of herpes as well. If you give your partner oral sex when you have a cold sore, you could potentially give that person genital herpes. The same can happen in reverse if you give oral sex to someone who already has herpes on their private areas.

One thing you might be pleased to know is that you cannot get herpes from sharing towels or cups, like some people assume. Many people are worried about getting herpes from toilet seat, but once the virus is airborne, it cannot be contracted by another person. The only thing that can pass herpes from one person to another is skin to skin contact. Until a vaccine is available for this issue, all you can do is try to reduce your chances of getting herpes by manual prevention. Some simple precautions will greatly improve your chance of having a herpes free life.

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