January 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm #76341DazedParticipant
Hello Terri Warren
Thank you for keeping this resource for people. The forums have been very helpful
I am newly diagnosed ( 2 months) ghsv2 confirmed by swab. I had an outbreak within 2 weeks of unprotected sex and got tested right away
I have read the journals about transmission rates female to male being 4%
But I have also read that it is clear transmission rates and shedding rates are much higher in the first 6 months
My question is
Is it known what the transmission rate is among females transmitting to males within the first 6 months ?
Is transmission basically related to shedding rates ? I have been reading studies that mentioned different shedding rates ranging from 20% to 2.9% for newly diagnosed people so I am very confused and just wanted to ask for myself. 2.9% ( on Valtrex) seems impossibly low for someone who is probably very contagious … isn’t it ?
I assume people are more contagious in the beginning because their bodies have not built up some immunities to the virus as well as more rates of outbreaks and more viral load in the outbreak
I’m just very scared to have sex with anyone. I know that condoms are quite effective and even better on Valtrex etc but mentally I’m just afraid to be touched.
I dont have an exclusive partner but I do have casual relationships that I have been avoiding since my diagnosis.
I know I have to disclose and use of condoms is always always encouraged
But if we chose not to use condoms what is the transmission rate for me as a woman passing it while on anti virals for the next 6 months ?
February 4, 2022 at 11:26 am #76411Terri WarrenKeymaster
We don’t have data on transmission within the first 6 months, no, I would just say that it is certainly higher.I”m so sorry. If you do have sex, your plan to disclose, use condoms and take Valtrex should afford lots of protection for casual partners.
February 7, 2022 at 12:14 pm #76498DazedParticipant
Hi Terri thank you very much
I was wondering if I could clarify if the 4% female to male transmission rate included patients that are symptomatic and asymptomatic
Or if all patients had outbreaks at some point.
I’m new and assume I have a higher chance of transmission than 4% considering I also shed more and have more outbreaks ( assuming ) but in general did that study include people who had symptoms sometimes ?
Secondly I just recently read about Valtrex and how it reduced symptomatic transmission by 70%. A few journals I read suggested Valtrex had the same effect on newly diagnosed compared to established recurrent disease. Could I interpret this that as long as I take the medication religiously, my shedding and transmission rates are similar to established herpes ?
Sorry if that is a dumb question. I’m just trying to feel like less of a virus. I want to feel like other people that believe in the 4% transmission rate. For me I feel like everyone will get it from me
February 19, 2022 at 11:05 am #76563Terri WarrenKeymaster
That transmission statistic is obtained from people who have symptoms and outbreaks.
Valtrex reduces transmission by 48%. I think in the first six months, it may not be quite as effective, but soon, it will be.
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