People who have had herpes in the past are often advised to go into a hibernation mode so that they do not infect anyone else. However, these people should realize that the virus remains dormant inside their bodies until they come into contact with someone who has the infection. Be aware of the number of people you know and trust and try to work out relationships with them as best you can. It is also a good idea to keep your sexual activity with new partners to a minimum. Many people who have herpes do not know how to tell if their outbreaks are coming on at any time and therefore, they expose themselves to the risk of spreading the virus to others.