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Question: Crohn's and STDs


 owl457 - Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:15 am

My boyfriend (age 33) suffers from Crohn's and he is worried that he may be more at risk for contracting herpes from me than a person without Crohn's, even though I am on suppressive therapy. He feels that his daily medications diminish his immune system so greatly, that even with suppressive therapy, he will still get it and that his would be a much more severe case than normal people with herpes. Can you elaborate on his theory? We are both very uneducated about the effect STDs have on someone with Crohn's.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:51 pm

User avatar Many of the treatments for Crohn's syndrome do "weaken" the immune system making patients on them a bit more susceptible to infection. The degree of weakening depends on the medicine and dosing amounts.

Suppressive therapy helps control outbreaks of HSV but does not guarantee it won't be spread, even in "normal immune system" people.

I'm not aware of any specific data on HSV with Crohn's treatment. I recommend that your boyfriend discuss his case with his GI doctor to help elaborate his risks.

Best wishes.

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