(Statistics, depending on populations used, vary slightly.) Condoms don’t prevent herpes transmission, but they help, cutting down the rate of transmission by about 30%.
Condoms are not totally effective because genital herpes only require skin-to-skin contact to spread, so the areas that the condom does not cover are still susceptible.
This is still possible as long as other precautions are taken and both parties are informed and aware of the risks. Suppressive therapy is the use of prescription Valtrex on a daily basis, whether an outbreak is present or not.
Whereas Valtrex is commonly used to stop an outbreak as it is happening, it can also be used daily to prevent outbreaks to begin with.
This is because female genitals have more exposed soft tissue.
This also accounts for the slight gender gap in women vs. Approximately one in four American women in has it, while approximately one in five American men does.
Most people know not to kiss or share a drink while a cold sore is present.