[Question #5578] Suppression or(Episodic Suppression) Herpes

20 months ago
Older Discordant couple. Male has no HSV 1 or 2 either orally or genitally. Female has no oral Herpes 1or2  But HAS a HSV 2 genitally no HSV1 genitally. How many days is 500 mg (right amount?) of Valtrex needed to make the Suppression fully effective.Thanks! Looking forward to the follow-up questions.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
Five days.  Look forward to further questions.

Terri
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20 months ago
Same couple...since female has Genital HSV2, would male need dental dam to provide her with oral sex ?  Because Female doesn't have Oral HSV1 or 2 can she give oral sex to male without using a condom?....Thank you.
20 months ago
Forgot to state in 2nd question that Female was on weeks Suppression and no outbreak genitally was presenting itself. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
HSV 2 doesn't like the oral area but the male giving her oral sex is at a small risk of acquiring HSV 2 orally.  Not zero but quite small.  A dental dam or plastic wrap would certainly reduce that risk.  The female being on suppression helps greatly to reduce any transmission.  And yes, she can give oral sex to a male without risk if she is only infected genitally

Terri
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