Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Groin Herpes Prevention

Prevention of herpes genitalis includes:

  • Avoid anal intercourse.
  • Avoid oral sex.
  • Do not have sex with multiple sexual partners.
  • Do not have with anyone who has oral or genital sores.
  • Do not have sex with anyone who has a penile discharge or vaginal discharge.
  • Do not use petroleum jelly in the vagina.
  • Do not have sex with a partner who has intercourse with others.
  • Practice safe sex:
    • Use condoms.
    • Use spermicidal cream or lotion.
  • Women should not douche after intercourse.
  • Notify your partner if you have herpes.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse for 2 weeks after the blisters have completely healed.

Groin Herpes Pregnancy

Pregnant women who have symptoms of herpes genitalis can pass the infection to the newborn during a vaginal delivery. In order to prevent this, these women must undergo Cesarean section.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Groin Herpes References
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