[Question #6046] Herpes Prevention

18 months ago
My partner has GHSV1, but I do not. She takes antiviral daily and we use condoms. If I was to also take antivirals daily would this lower my likelihood of contracting Herpes?

I'm aware that if she takes daily meds and we use condoms there is a low probability of contracting this over the course of a year. But I am very risk averse and am curious if I can reduce this likelihood further...

Thanks!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
18 months ago
There is no evidence that you taking antiviral medicine will reduce the risk of transmission and it is likely that the normal dose you might take is not sufficient to prevent infection.  Should I assume that you have been accurately tested and do not have HSV 1 yourself?

Terri
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