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November 7, 2001

Effect of Condoms on Reducing Genital Herpes Transmission—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(17):2095-2096. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2091

In Reply: We agree with Dr Adam that condom refusers may resist counseling. This may be especially common in monogamous relationships and with a disease such as genital herpes that has a mild course in most persons. However, in heterosexuals participating in risky behavior, encouraging trends in the United States suggest that the frequency of condom use has increased in the 1990s.1