Genital Herpes Prevention in Singapore: Genital herpes is viral, spreads by contact and causes genital blisters. Once you have herpes, it can recur many times. There is no cure or vaccine.
There is no vaccine against genital herpes. Because the illness is much less severe than other sexually transmitted diseases, there is only modest research funding for the effort to develop such a vaccine. There’s not much promise for a herpes vaccine in the near future.
Genital herpes can be prevented by avoiding sex with anyone who is infected. However, given that most infected people are unaware that they have genital herpes (studies indicate that around 80% of people with HSV don’t know they have it), this can be difficult. Also, the virus can be transmitted in the period before and after symptoms are apparent, so people won’t necessarily know that their herpes is in the process of reactivating until after they’ve been contagious for a few days. The difficulty of preventing herpes probably explains why it’s one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.
Using a condom provides partial protection against genital herpes, but because the virus is spread not through bodily fluids like semen, but simply through the surfaces touching one another, condoms don’t completely protect against herpes. Any part of the genital or anal area that isn’t covered by the condom will still be exposed to the virus and can transmit the virus. Those who have frequent new sex partners, such as those in the pornography industry, are almost certain to get herpes at some point.
The HSV virus can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals. This means that if you have a cold sore, and you perform oral sex on someone, your partner may end up with genital herpes from the same virus. The use of a dental dam (on a woman) or a condom (on a man) while you perform oral sex can help to prevent you from transmitting the virus to them.
Of course, kissing someone while you have a cold sore may spread an oral herpes infection, giving the other person cold sores. You should avoid kissing anyone or sharing items like utensils, toothbrushes, or cups while either you or they have a cold sore.