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memyselfI

negative partner on antivirals

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memyselfI

Wouldn't it make more sense for your partner to be on antivirals too; I mean if they are negative? I'm in an anatomy physiology class and I'm sure "everyone knew" I have herpes during last nights lecture about viruses and antibody NK etc. HA! Like the whole class is psychic or something (me and my ego, thinking they really give two shts what I'm thinking...jeez)..

Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the negative partner taking antivirals - aside from the fact that insurance I'm sure wouldn't pay....

Peace!

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MsLucy

Well, that sounds logical at first glance, but in order for the antiviral to work, the virus would have to enter the body, which would constitute infection. Antivirals may cause the person to get a milder case of herpes, and may prevent them from having an actual ob, but I doubt they would actually prevent infection. At least, that's how it seems to me, but I've never taken antivirals, so I'm certainly no expert on the subject.

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catiesmom

Also, you have to consider the side effects of taking antivirals. I don't take them so i'm not an authority, but there seem to be some very serious side effects associated with antivirals (liver failure?) that might not be worth the risk just for that little bit of POSSIBLE security. If you're gonna get it, you're gonna get it.

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memyselfI

yeah

I thought my teacher said all antivirals act the same way or something ...I don't remember now (I mean we weren't talking herpes we were talking viruses, invading healthy cells, mulitplying in that cell, the cell bursting open and all those that replicated in the healthy burst cell attaching on to another healthy cell, etc) Herpes right? Well, the "h" word was never even said aloud in class but I did ask him why would't we all just take antivirals with our daily vitamin (I was thinking herpes, he may have been thinking cold virusus) he said because they cost so much...

But antivirals on wikipeida even says each is for a specific virus.. hmm, it seems they speak in english on theis site if you want to check it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiviral_drug

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Caliope

okay, skimmed through the posts above but HELLO if you have a strong immune system your body can fight off a lot of stuff and not let it get entry at all.

I've read that even with HIV some people's immune system keeps them from becoming infected but if they continue to have repeat exposure it can't fight it off forever.

We need sleep, good nutrition, fresh clean water and air. If we stay healthy our bodies really can protect us to a high degree. Of course don't dive in when there is an active ob. Stress, illness and bad habits can take anyone down.

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25years&stillgoing

MemyselfI,

I've wondered the same thing. It seems that antivirals would be an additional and effective way to protect an uninfected partner. Of course, the partner would do all the other things to stay healthy, too.

Your idea makes sense to me. I wish you could talk with your professor specifically about herpes...but that would be 'outing' yourself and that's scary.

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