[Question #2427] Herpes question

44 months ago
Hey Terri, 
I know I'm stuck on the same question a lot, but I was reading about a discordant relationship where the man had herpes and was married, and so far it's been 6yrs and they never have protected sex and she still hasn't contracted it. He also hasn't had a outbreak for a year or so. How often do you hear or see of things like this? Is it possible? Cus I take meds everyday, I just can't see myself in a relationship using condoms seriously. I hate condoms as it is. I don't react good to them. But  I've only had protected sex since I was diagnosed. Theravax needs to hurry up with the vaccine. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
44 months ago
Theravax has not been proven AT ALL and I do have concerns about this vaccine from reports from people who have been in the trial.
Yes, people can go on for years and never infect their partner, either on or off medicine, but medicine certainly reduces the risk and condoms as well.  A lot of this, I think, is up to your partners - how much risk do they want to take?  Do they want you to do everything you can do reduce the risk of infecting them or not?  If yes, then condoms are going to be part of that picture, for sure.

Terri
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