Hi Terri. I was diagnosed with ghsv2 in November of 2018. I am a female with a male partner. I take daily antivirals and we use condoms. A week ago I went out of town and exoerienced a small outbreak. I didnt have my medicine with me but when I got home began taking it. There were three sores, one in my inner labia and two by my outer labia, that appeared to be bumps from shaving at first. The sore by my inner labia is completely heaped. While the other two just appear to be flat pink skin now. What is the risk of transmisson if I were to have protected sex with my partner? Does taking antivirals lower the risk of tranamission when there is a healing lesion? When do healed areas go down in transmission risk?
Antivirals reduce the risk of transmission whenever you take them, yes. The thing is, some people shed before an outbreak, some after, all during. So I can’t really say. If I were you, I would increase your dose to 500 mg twice a day if you taking valacyclovir. We do suggest that people abstain from sex until new skin has replace the scab or ulcer.
Thank you for the response. Also what is the risk of transmitting ghsv2 if my partner were to give me oral?
Unfortunately, we don’t have data on penis or labia transmission to the mouth. it is likely low as HSV 2 doesn’t like the oral area and if it gets there, it rarely recurs.
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