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Herpes 2 testing is critical to controlling spread of infection

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Many people may avoid seeking herpes 2 testing for fear of what it may mean if they are positively diagnosed. However, the repercussions of the disease may not be as bad as some people believe. This is particularly true when it comes to a person's ability to have sex.

Some people think that they should end all sexual activity once they have been diagnosed with herpes so as to avoid spreading the infection to a partner. However, the Herpes Resource Center says that with a little caution a person can still engage in an satisfying sex life.

First and foremost, it is important for a person to avoid sexual contact when they have symptoms. During these outbreaks the virus can be spread more easily. However, it is less likely to be transmitted between outbreaks.

Still, the resource center recommends that a person with herpes use safe sex barriers like condoms, even when they do not have symptoms. This will help further cut down on the risk of transmission.

Herpes 2 testing is an important part of reducing the risk of spreading the infection, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many people who have the disease are unaware that they are infected.

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