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does anyone know whether taking valtrex for the first few outbreaks hinders your body's immune response--esp if it seems as though the first outbreak was pretty mild? I am thinking of taking it to help stop transmission to others but I dont want to use it and have my body "depend" on it to fight the disease. Can taking valtrex as suppressive therapy for the first year help your immune response?

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does anyone know whether taking valtrex for the first few outbreaks hinders your body's immune response--esp if it seems as though the first outbreak was pretty mild? I am thinking of taking it to help stop transmission to others but I dont want to use it and have my body "depend" on it to fight the disease. Can taking valtrex as suppressive therapy for the first year help your immune response?

I'm not sure if anyone, even in the medical field, actually "knows" the answer to this question. From what I've seen, doctors subscribe to several different schools of thought on this and it is all pretty theoretical.

It seems to me that if you are not having many outbreaks, the only reason to go on daily suppressive therapy would be if you are with a partner who is not affected. And yes, I do believe that is a pretty good reason.

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