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Herpes is not an infection that people can necessarily prevent themselves getting or passing on because most people are unaware they have it. So getting herpes is more a matter of learning about it and managing it.
However there are measures you can take to reduce the chances of getting herpes and protect yourself against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
General routine precautions throughout your sexual life will ensure you protect you and your partner(s) sexual health.
Safe sex means taking precautions to protect yourself and your partner against getting an STI or having an unwanted pregnancy.
STIs are very common and most people who have an STI may be unaware they are infected and therefore could infect a partner unwittingly.
Sexual activity involves close skin to skin contact and the exchanging of bodily fluids making it easy to pass on an STI .
Safe sex is about caring for your and your partner(s) body by reducing the chance of passing infections to each other while still being able to enjoy any sort of sexual activity. In fact, sex is far more pleasurable when you're not worrying about STIs, safe in the knowledge you have taken suitable precautions.
If you have a history of sexual or other abuse and you feel this affects your ability to be safe, seek help from a therapist or staff at a sexual health clinic to help you.
This website is brought to you by the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) - an initiative funded by the Ministry of Health through collective District Health Boards (20) to educate New Zealanders about STIs. District Health Boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services in their district.
The medical information in this website is based on the STIEF Guidelines for the Management of Genital Herpes in New Zealand. The New Zealand Ministry of Health supports the use of these clinical guidelines, developed by clinical experts and professional associations to guide clinical care in New Zealand.
The Guidelines are a consensus opinion of the STIEF Professional Advisory Group (PAG). The PAG has representation from nationwide medical, nursing and allied disciplines involved in the management of STIs. The Guidelines are produced by considering available literature, both New Zealand wide and international, and by basing the medical recommendations on the evidence in the literature or reasonable supposition and opinions of medical experts.
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