Marrying someone with herpes
22 May, 2022
Hi, thanks for your time. What are the ramifications halachically of marrying someone with herpes?
We appreciate the sensitive nature of this question.
It is most likely that a person marrying someone with herpes will contract it. (Note that condoms, sometimes recommended for preventing transmission, raise serious halachic issues.)
We would recommend speaking with a physician, ideally an infectious disease specialist, about the ramifications, taking into account your medical history as well. If herpes does not present a high health risk to the person who hasn’t yet contracted it, then it would be permissible halachically to marry.
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