One of the encouraging things about genital herpes (HSV-2) is that it’s still possible to have a rich and fulfilling sex life.
Sex with herpes can be intimate, romantic, loving, and fun.
Some people get herpes even though they’ve always used condoms!
Nonetheless, using a condom is a great idea and reducing the chancing by almost a third is nothing to sneeze at.
For example, if you’re a man who is not having an outbreak, you would have an 8% chance of giving it to your partner. (Add in antivirals, and you’ve brought it down to 2%).
You must be at least 18-years old or the age of majority where you live (whichever is greater) and agree to all of the terms below before continuing.
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.
Research has even given us data that shows how likely (or really, “unlikely”) you are to transmit herpes during sex when you take precautions and understand the specific circumstances you might have.
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.