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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: herpes transmition


 jaan56 - Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:33 pm

what are the chances of contracting herpes if there is no outbreak and the person is taking valtrex as suppressive therapy for a month before getting intimate.What other precaution ca be taken to avoid contracting it?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:01 pm

User avatar Hello,Valtrex does help to reduce viral shedding and is used as a supressive therapy for herpes infection type2.Though your partner has not developed blisters after treatment has been started yet could still be shedding the virus,but much less due to supressive treatment.So the safe practice would be to use a condom to prevent symptomatic genital herpes.While there is no foolproof method, valtrex and condom combined offers the best protection during all sex acts with a single partner.The efficacy in mutiple sex partners and non heterosexual relationship is not established,as far as I know.Best wishes

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