By contrast, you have a 1 in 84 chance of dying in a car accident in your lifetime, just to give you some perspective. I have to admit, herpes was the big one I was terrified of getting (the reason I’m not worried about HIV is below). Not only did this drug reduce the number of herpes outbreaks experienced by the partners with HSV infections, but it reduced risk for their HSV-negative partners, who were more than twice as likely to acquire HSV-2 from partners who were not taking suppressive therapy. The highest risk of transmitting herpes is during an outbreak. Symptoms vary and are not always noticeable, but reddish sores and ulcers on the genital area are the main clues.
A one time encounter is considered a low risk for STD’s. For herpes it is the same. The condom only provides about 30 of protection for HSV when having sex. People who carry the genital herpes virus but have no visible symptoms — and D., one of the study’s authors and an acting assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Between outbreaks what are the odds of me catching herpes with or without using a condom? 4.
This means that an infected partner can transmit herpes to the uninfected partner even when no symptoms are present. Even if condoms are involved there’s still a chance of passing herpes. Those who have a prior infection with HSV-1 have an acquired immune response that lowers (though doesn’t eliminate) the risk of acquiring HSV-2.