I've read that friction can trigger a recurrence, but this is ridiculous! I'm getting recurrences every other time I make love with my fiance. It's very, very discouraging. It's better when I am taking acyclovir daily, but even then I'm itchy and sore for a day or 2. I use a lubricant to reduce friction, but I must be extra sensitive. My first outbreak was in October and was severe. I have had several outbreaks since then which last about a week. Does anybody else go through this? Has anything been helpful?