By alexnHi all,
I came across this blog post and wanted to get your input. Is it really possible to keep transmission rates this low? Thanks, Alex.
To give you a realistic idea that demonstrates exactly how much safer sex with an HSV+ partner is, take a look at the numbers provided by scientific studies.
By avoiding sex during an active outbreak, chances of virus transmission are 4% a year (Terri Warren, RN, NP – WebMD, 2005). Yes, per year, not sexual session. In the study that this is based off, couples were reported to have sex more than 5 times a month. Over 60% of the couples did not use condoms.
So if we look at the findings at the frequent end of the scale we would divide this figure by 120 (12 months x 10 sexual encounters per month). This makes the possibility of spreading the virus during any sexual encounter .0003%, or 1/3,000 (.04 / 120 = 0.00033333333333).
If also using condoms or anti-viral drugs, it cuts those already-staggering odds in half to about 2% a year. The possibility of spreading HSV on any given encounter would then become 1/6,000. To put this in perspective, you have a better chance of literally dying in a motor vehicle accident tomorrow on your way to school or work (1/9,000), although, surely this “risk” won’t stop you from driving. 1 in 9,000… driving seems pretty safe, doesn’t it? The fact that you will still drive your motor vehicle (or ride in cars) after reading this article is proof that you agree.
It’s cool, though, because you’d be right. Driving is pretty safe. Just remember: having a knowledgeable HSV+ partner is safer. If you’re not scared to drive, you are agreeing to this by default.
With the use of both simultaneously [condoms and anti-viral drugs], it cuts the number in half once again: a mere 1% chance of transmitting the virus per annual basis. On any given sexual encounter, we’re now entertaining a “risk” of 1/12,000. You now have better odds of winning an oscar, provided you’re in the industry (1/11,500). Do you plan on writing your awards thank-you speech anytime soon?
By Scooby2112Hi confirmed genital hsv sufferers. I think one of the most confusing aspects of reading information about genital HSV and what Prdrome is about.
Can you provide your knowledge of how Prodrome works?
Is it localized to where outbreaks occur?
Does it travel?
Does it come and go or when it starts does it stay until an outbreak develops (I know sometimes outbreaks always manifest).
Thanks in advance for all your experience with those that may be wondering what prodrome is so they won't confuse random symptoms with an HSV infection.
By rgreenHi All,
Does anyone know if a genital herpes infection will show up in an increased white blood count?
By kikiviviI am a female who was diagnosed with HSV 2 in October.
I had abstained from sex until then as I was not seeing anyone consistently and wanted to stay on the safe side. I was getting quite of few outbreaks in November (not on suppressive meds), but I would only take valtrex at the first sign of an outbreak -for three days as it was prescribed to me. Luckily, December I did not get any and over the weekend I had went out. I was taking valtrex 500 mg 2x a day off and on during the week leading up to Fri.
Long story short, Friday I went out drinking and ended up having sex. At first, I insisted on a condom which was used initially, but then we had sex one more time after without one and now I am so scared that he may have got something from me. I don't really know this guy, he is a mutual friend, but the thought of giving him something is killing me. I know my diagnosis is fairly new so I'm not sure how contagious I am right now.
I really try to eat super healthy and exercise regularly. I hardly go out, drink or do drugs...only occasionally and this was one of those occasions. Extremely scared. Please help. Thanks.
By PNWwildflowerRecently, I tested positive for HSV-2. Though I've been asymptomatic, my partner and I have refrained from having any genital contact since my diagnosis. He had his blood work done, and it came back positive for HSV-1, and he also is asymptomatic.
Frankly, I just want to have sex again, but I want to avoid giving him HSV-2. I thought that I read somewhere that it's less likely to contract HSV-2 if you have HSV-1; is that true??
I started taking a daily suppressant drug (even though I have zero symptoms) because I read that if you're on a suppressant, the risk of giving it to your partner decreases; is this true??
I also read that if you use condoms, then the risk is EVEN less; is THIS true?? which is the best condom? (I really dislike using condoms, but I really value his health, soooooo....??).
How can we AVOID giving him HSV2 and still have the sex life that is fulfilling?
I was really scared about telling him, but I told him of my diagnosis right away. From the beginning, he was supportive, and we've both done a lot of research, but it's difficult to know whether or not you're reading valid information from internet sources. He is being very supportive of my depressed emotional state upon finding out my diagnosis, and says that he is only concerned with moving forward and being the healthiest that we can be. I really love him, and I just want our amazing sex life back!!
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