How Can I Prevent Transmission During Viral Shedding?

Question

Asked by samantha

Hi there, I contracted genital herpes 5 years ago and have only had 2 small outbreaks (one when I initially got it, and one 2 years ago). I am starting to date someone new and I have just had the talk with her. (I'm a woman and she is too). How often am I shedding if I have only had 2 mild outbreaks in the past 5 years?

What can I do to help prevent spreading it to her during shedding times? I have read different things about Valtrex (1 that it helps prevent shedding up to 95% if taken when not having an outbreak, and also evidence saying that it does not help with preventing shedding) so I am confused.

I would also love to go the homeopathic route if i could. I read that I could take Sepia or Natrum Muriaticum to reduce frequency of relapses, but I am not sure if they reduce shedding, which is what I want to prevent more, since I have barely had outbreaks.

Lastly, can she do anything to help her prevent getting it as well?

Oh, and one more, If she already has either herpes 1 or 2 in her system without knowing it, which I know is highly likely, then have our body's immune systems both built up enough antibodies to herpes that we will most likely not spread it to one another? Meaning so we can have sex and not worry about it?

Thank you for helping

Answer

Hi Samantha,

You asked many questions and I hope you have discussed any specific questions with your medical doctor.

It is possible to transmit hrpes when you are having no symptoms. This article has many answers to your questions: Transmitting Herpes: How To Protect The Ones You Love.

Good luck!