Question: Do you legally have to tell someone you have herpes in Canada?

In Canada, its a crime not to disclose HIV or another STI before having sex that poses a “significant risk of serious bodily harm.” However, most prosecutions have been strictly related to HIV and hardly any have been related to herpes, syphilis, chlamydia or other STIs.

Is herpes reportable Canada?

At the time of publication, genital HSV infections were reportable by physicians to local public health authorities in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Neonatal HSV infections are reportable in some provinces only.

Is it possible to have herpes and not give it to your partner?

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).

Does herpes come back in the exact same spot?

Since the same group of nerves goes to the genitals, thighs, lower abdomen, rectum and buttocks, it is possible to get a recurrent outbreak of genital herpes anywhere in these areas. Each outbreak may not be in the exact same place as the first outbreak. This does not mean that the herpes has spread.

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