[Question #5617] Valcyclovir

21 months ago


After 8 years of contracting the virus, is daily prescription still necessary to prevent my sexual partner from being infected? What is the risk for both of us if I stop taking Valcyclovir. Are there more natural remedies to prevent outbreak? 

What would be the percentage of chance for the non infected partner to contract herpes it if we have unprotected sex vs. having protected sex. 

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
I need to know your gender to answer that question accurately

Terri
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21 months ago
I am a male and my significant other is female. She is the one that carries the virus.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
People continue to shed virus, even after 8 years of infection.  We did a study looking at shedding rates of people infected for more than 10 years and the shedding rates were still above 8% and one person shed on 93% of the days she swabbed!  Antiviral medicine is still advised to reduce the risk of transmission, yes.  There are no "natural" remedies that have any good double blind placebo controlled studies done to demonstrate effectiveness.  I'm sure you can find things on the internet that some people believe are helpful but in a discordant couple, one infected and the other not, I surely would not take the chance on something unproven to reduce transmission. 
If the female is infected and the male not (proven by antibody testing) and the infection is HSV 2, the AVERAGE transmission rate, having sex twice per week is about 4% of no medicine and no condoms and about 2% of medicine is taken.  More sex, more risk.  Add condoms to medicine and the rate drops to about 1%. 

Terri
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