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I've seen some people say things like "I pop an antiviral before I get a bikini wax". Does taking an anti viral before a potentially OB triggering activity work? It's not something you have to take every day and build up in your system to work?


I was just diagnosed and I'm having my first outbreak. They gave me valtrex to take for 10 days . Not sure if I should ask for another script for days when I ride my bike or other things like that 

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I think this depends on quite a number of issues. The main one being that antivirals would generally be required if your frequency of outbreaks was high. In which case you'd take it daily. 

Some people take them just as an outbreak comes on. This may have some benefit but in many cases, the horse has bolted so to speak.

If a person is confident that they know their triggers, then they may feel comfortable taking antivirals beforehand. However it is best to have taken this for at least three days for anywhere near an optimal impact.

Some couples agree to use antivirals as a measure to reduce transmission chances, in which case a daily dosage is required.

Type can play a role in your expectations of outbreak frequency, was type diagnosed for you?

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