[Question #1906] Herpes tranmission

45 months ago
Hi! I'm a infected male with herpes! I had one unprotected sexual encounter with a female! I'm not on med or nor did I use condoms! What my chances of passing herpes to her? Also the female stated that a couple of day after sex she got a yeast infection ! Also 9 days after sexual encounter with female , I had a outbreak ! So does it mean I mostly likely give her herpes ! What do u think in terms of a % 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
Statistically, the chances that you gave her herpes are low due to a single encounter but they are not zero. I'm a little bit concerned about her report of a yeast infection a few days after your sexual contact. I'm wondering if you can find out more about that if you are in a relationship with her. For example, how was she diagnosed with the yeast infection, what were her exact symptoms, was she treated for the yeast infection and did she improve? I don't know if you are in the kind of relationship with her where you could ask for these questions or not. Is this someone that you were going to continue having sex with? If yes, and you plan to disclose your herpes status to her, this would be the time to do it, when you're asking more questions about her east infection. I do not think it is true that you likely gave her herpes but neither is it true that it is impossible. The statistics that we have about transmission from males to females are based on studies where we look at what we call discordant couples.  These are couples where one person has herpes and the other does not. The problem I see where extrapolating these statistics to all situations is that these couples have been together for a while and have avoided transmission. We know that most new herpes occurs in relationships where people have been together for less than three months. So for those couples in studies, those dangerous three months have already passed so in essence we are looking at "survivors".   I guess I am trying to say that we don't have fully accurate statistics for a situation such as yours.  Nonetheless, I think a single encounter of this kind is unlikely to result in transmission but following up with her would be a great idea if you could. It's also important to know, and you probably already do, that the use of condoms and daily antiviral therapy reduce transmission chances greatly. Please feel free to ask me any other questions about your situation that you may have.

Terri
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45 months ago
She already had appointment! She stated the her doc told that it was a yeast infection based on her symptoms! Vag discharge , slight odor! She was treat with a Antibiotics and one pill for yeast infection ! She stated that the antibiotics (mostly ) cleared her up, but decide to wait to take yeast infection pill because her cycle/menstral came! It been 17 days since the unprotected sexual encounter with the female, and this is all she stated / no other issues!
45 months ago
So u think the chances are low that I passed herpes to her even though I had a herpes outbreak 9 days after the sexual encounter 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
I do think it is low, yes.  But antibiotics are not given for yeast infections so I kind of wonder what they treated her for - they also don't use them to treat herpes so don't start worrying about that!

Terri

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45 months ago
Why are u concern about the yeast infection? Is that a sign of herpes in woman?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
I am not concerned about the yeast infection - I was just saying that antibiotics are not used to treat yeast infections so I was wondering what they were actually treating.

Terri
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