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Viral shedding while taking Valtrex as suppressant

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Jessross52012

I take 1 gram of Valtrex on a daily basis for suppressant purposes. I was diagnosed with HSV-1 genital herpes March of last year. I started taking the medicine as a suppressant in January of this year and have noticed my first outbreak (they are cracks in the folds and I have to assume it's an outbreak). I know you can still have outbreaks while taking the suppressant and that it reduces the chances of shedding. I was having oral sex with my partner and a couple of hours later noticed the cracks because of the pain. There was no pain during sex. My question is since I take the medicine as a daily suppressant and the sores happened so close to sexual contact, are my chances of shedding still less since I'm on the daily meds even with an outbreak or is it the same regardless because it is an outbreak? I'm just curious to know if the chances of spreading are less with this case since I take Valtrex on a daily basis. 

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WilsoInAus

Technically yes they are. Bare in mind though that genital HSV-1 only sheds a few days a year as it is - 10-15. It is pretty questionable whether cutting this to say about 7 is actually worth the cost of a daily tablet.

If your partner already has oral HSV-1 then there is negligible if any benefit in taking antivirals. 

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Atrapasueños

Then there’s the psychological toll. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionstates that 776,000 Americans are newly infected with genital herpes each year. Even when symptoms are nonexistent, mild or suppressed by medication, infected people can still spread the disease to their sexual partners, making a genital herpes diagnosis a source of embarrassment, shame or stress that can interfere with relationships

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JHenry

Looking for a meaningful number---Valtrex is known to reduce genital HSV2, asymptomatic shedding to what % of the time?  Thnx.

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