[Question #1917] Herpes and Menstruation

51 months ago
Hi, I have genital herpes and I am on suppressive therapy.   My partner does not have herpes.  We were planning on engaging in intercourse this weekend.  I am currently having a menstrual cycle but expect it to be complete by the weekend. However, if there is minor residual bleeding should this preclude intercourse?  He would of course be using a condom.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
51 months ago
There is no increased risk of transmission if there is menstrual blood around than if it is not around. 
So a couple of questions for you:  has your partner been tested to determine that they are indeed not infected?  If not, that would be a good idea..  No point in going to a lot of trouble and worry if he is already infected.  Eighty% of those infection with HSV 2 don't know it.  Just throwing it out there!  Sounds like you are doing  good job of learning about your infection and managing it well with sex partners.

Terri
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