Yes. Even when no sores are present, the herpes virus is still active in the body and can spread to others. If you or your partner has herpes, reduce the risk of spread by: using a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal).
What are the chances of giving herpes to my partner?
The general rate of transmission of a person who has had herpes to their regular partner is about 10 percent per year, but the annual rate rises if the infected partner is a male. Unfairly, the female partner has a 20 percent chance of becoming infected, while the male partners risk is less than 10 percent.
How can I protect my partner from herpes?
Here are other ways to avoid getting herpes from your partner:Always use condoms and dental dams during oral, anal, and vaginal sex.Talk with your partner about taking herpes medicine every day, which can lower their chances of spreading herpes.Dont have sex during a herpes outbreak, even with a condom.Jan 15, 2020