Joe Smith, a 20-year-old male client, is diagnosed with genital herpes. He received valacyclovir (Valtrex) for 5 days to lessen the symptoms. He received the prescription since his symptoms began less than 24 hours ago. He stated that he has had casual sexual relations with 14 partners over the past several years and never used a condom. He stated he is done having sexual relations with women he knows very little about. He recently met the love of his life and wants to marry her. He does not want to spread the sexually transmitted infection (STI) and asks the LPN/LVN how to properly use a condom.

(Learning Objective 9)

a. What should the nurse instruct the client about preventing the spread of the STI?

b. What instructions should the nurse provide on properly using condoms?