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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: antivials against HSV infection within 3 d of poss exposure?

 StevenJohnson - Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:06 pm

hey i made a stupid decision and had sex with a prostitute, with condom but I am paranoid i might have gotten something like herpes-2 that i will have for the rest of my life... it was 2 days ago, if i take antivirals or something right away like they do with HIV needle pricks, can i kill the virus before symptoms occur or is it too late?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:13 pm

User avatar Hello,Herpes simlex is a tricky virus.You may not know about as to whether you have contracted the disease, easily.Despite using condoms too it can get transmitted and only sure way is to have a monogamous sexual relationship with an uninfected partner.A positive blood test may not always indicate as to when it was acquired.Condoms do reduce risk.No drugs can cure or prevent as of now but they can reduce the symptoms and spread.Diagnosis is by visual examination of the typical blisters and getting the fluid in it checked.Many people will not exhibit disease but can spread it.Male to female transmission is more common.Best wishes.

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