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By Anonymous November 27, 2018 - 12:23am
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So I’ve been diagnosed with HSV2 for awhile now. My boyfriend and I want to continue having intercourse but I’m not preventive medication since I don’t have outbreaks often (very rare) if we use a condom how likely is it that I will give it to him?

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing! You asked this question twice a couple of weeks ago. Here is similar information. If you are not getting the information from you that you need, please contact your doctor.

HSV-2 is commonly known as genital herpes and is highly contagious. Follow your doctors advice.

There is no cure for herpes. Many doctors prescribe oral suppressive therapy to prevent frequent recurrences and to reduce the length of an outbreak. There are also topical treatments that could be used. Those experiencing more than six outbreaks a year may be put on additional medication. Antiviral medication could be prescribed, and but must be taken within 24 hours the first signs of an impending outbreak (tingling, itching).

Since your outbreaks are rare, you would need to take medication only at the onset of a breakout and the sooner the better.

Using condoms is important, but as stated above, there isn't a guarantee that it can't be passed on. We can't give a percentage of risk. Never have sexual contact if you have an outbreak; even if using condoms.

With regard to oral sex, this can lead to infection of HSV-1 (cold sores) that could then potentially lead to a genital infection. But this risk is low.

The bottom line is that most people with STI's have a sex life. Since you told your partner about your situation, he should be well-informed (or get well-informed) about the risks. Having herpes should not stop you from having a sexual relationship with a monogamous partner.

Bear in mind the advice above and take precautions.


November 27, 2018 - 3:59pm
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