Hello, My girlfriend has genital herpes. I am hoping to find information on this subject: If we have unprotected sex, is there any way to go about this in a way that is as low-risk as possible? Also, what are my chances of contracting herpes in between outbreaks in this way? I am hoping to find a good answer to these questions through this forum. I have done a fair amount of research, but am worried that the information I have found is either too conservative in its advice (The CDC website, etc.), or not conservative enough (various other resources). To give you some background information, my girlfriend and I have been dating for about a year, while the herpes is obviously a large concern, it's not the biggest concern for me in our relationship and I've gotten past it much better than I thought I would when she first told me. That having been said, it seems prudent to have as much information as possible, which is why I'm here. I do understand that herpes is forever should I contract it, and that will be weighed heavily in whatever decisions are made regarding our sex life. Thanks for your advice.