What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your
risk of getting
genital herpes include:
- Having more than one sex
- Having a high-risk partner or partners (partner has more than one sex partner or has herpes-infected sex partners).
unprotected sexual contact (not using condoms).
- Starting sexual activity at a young age. The younger people are when they start having sex, the greater their risk is of getting genital herpes.
- Having a
weakened immune system.
- Being a woman. Women are more likely than men to become infected
when exposed to genital herpes. And their symptoms tend to be more severe and longer-lasting.
Women also are at a greater risk of having
complications from a genital herpes infection.
Having herpes, especially if you have open sores, also
increases your risk for becoming infected with HIV if you are exposed
Any child with genital herpes needs to be evaluated by a
doctor to see if it is the result of sexual abuse. For more
information, see the topic
Child Abuse and Neglect.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
December 20, 2012
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