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Spread of HSV 2

By Anonymous October 23, 2018 - 9:08pm
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I have HSV2 and currently do not have any outbreaks. My partner is new to all of this and so am I. My doctor told me some ground rules like don’t have sex when you have an outbreak or always use a condom. If we both wore condoms (a vaginal one) and one for men would it eliminate the risk of transmission? If he gave me oral bare would that transmit it to him as well or what sexual interocurse can we do??

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing!

HSV-2 is commonly known as genital herpes and is highly contagious. Follow your doctors advice.

There is no cure for herpes. Many doctors prescribe oral suppressive therapy to prevent frequent recurrences and to reduce the length of an outbreak. There are also topical treatments that could be used. Those experiencing more than six outbreaks a year may be put on additional medication. Antiviral medication could be prescribed, and but must be taken within 24 hours the first signs of an impending outbreak (tingling, itching).

Using condoms (both you describe can very much lessen the risks) is important, but as stated above, there isn't a guarantee that it can't be passed on.

With regard to oral sex, this can lead to infection of HSV-1 (cold sores) that could then potentially lead to a genital infection. But this risk is low.

The bottom line is that most people with STI's have a sex life. Since you told your partner about your situation, he should be well-informed (or get well-informed) about the risks. Having herpes should not stop you from having a sexual relationship with a monogamous partner.

Bear in mind the advice above and take precautions.


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