HPV and herpes infections become further complicated the fact that are presently not good tests or screenings which can be done to discover either accurately in many cases, unless there are active sores or warts which are visible. Such is the case in terms of HPV, where there are often are not visible symptoms, especially in men (and there currently is no approved HPV test for men: in other words, a man cannot currently be tested for HPV), unless an infection has created other symptoms or complications in the body.
What’s the answer? There isn’t an easy one. N most cases, if you simply chose to abstain from all sexual activities, forever, you could likely avoid HPV and HSV-2. But very few people are going to do that, and we do have to consider in making sexual choices how the will impact our quality of life. Cutting off sexual or affectionate contact with all people, or with sexual partners within reasonable limits (those of their own physical, emotional safety and health, in general) for all our live would, for many of us, greatly impact and reduce our quality of life, potentially more than an infection would. But to make informed choices, we should consider that even with safer sex practices in play – even with only one sexual partner – we may still be taking a substantial risk at contracting or transmitting skin-to-skin STDs and STIs.