You will also not have the same need to avoid sex during and around times of outbreaks, but you will probably want to, for the sake of avoiding discomfort or prolonging the outbreak by irritating it. (We recommend Positive Singles — read our review here).
The encouraging transmission rates show that you can have fulfilling sex with herpes without passing it along if you take basic precautions.
Remember that you must always tell potential partners if you have herpes, even even you have no symptoms. I also recommend the wisdom of having sex in the context of a mutually monogamous relationship, as does the CDC.
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(Statistics, depending on populations used, vary slightly.) Condoms don’t prevent herpes transmission, but they help, cutting down the rate of transmission by about 30%.
So you can educate yourself about sex with herpes, including what precautions you can take, what your chances are of getting herpes, and types of sexual encounters as they relate to herpes.
Valtrex is an antiviral medication that reduces the occurrence of herpes outbreaks.
Using Valtrex daily also reduces the time and likelihood of the virus to “shed”, i.e. Studies show that it can reduce the viral shedding periods so much that transmission rates drop by 50%. Other common antivirals for herpes are acyclovir (also spelled aciclovir) and Zovirax.
Acyclovir is cheaper, but requires you to take more capsules at a time.
With Valtrex, you only need to take one pill a day for the purpose of suppressive therapy.