Screening for Asymptomatic Genital Herpes

Is Serologic Testing Worth It?

Leia Raphaelidis, FNP


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2014;10(3):194-199. 

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Herpes and Condoms

In addition to the potential benefit of suppressive therapy with daily antivirals, another prevention strategy is condoms. Condom use has been shown to protect against HSV transmission.[36,37] However, although herpes cannot cross a latex barrier, transmission can occur via vulvar or perineal inoculation even with a correctly used condom.[38,39] One large pooled analysis found only a 30% lower risk of HSV acquisition with consistent condom use compared with no condom use.[40] More studies are needed to specifically study the degree of protection afforded by condoms in serologically discordant partners.