Hello Terri. I am a 45 year old male and was diagnosed with HSV2 around 1998. I have been taking Valacyclovir (500MG) daily for about the past 11 years and I no longer have outbreaks since I have started the daily doses. I am in a relationship now and we have discussed my diagnosis and we both have a few questions. Since I have had the virus since around 1998 and I no longer have outbreaks since starting the daily treatment; my first question is, is it possible to find out or know when I am shedding?
Thank you for your time.
Not really. In order to do that, you would need to do daily home swabbing of the genitals. Some people who are really well to do can do it but it’s about $125 per swab or more, depending upon the lab, so not practical for the run of the mill person with this concern, I’m afraid. not that you are run of the mill! You get my drift though
Thank you for the information. I understand the best preventative option is to wear a condom during sex at all times. Are there any options for having sex without a condom other than the daily home swabbing to determine when shedding is occurring since I do not have outbreaks?
If asymptomatic shedding (which is all I have since I do not have outbreaks) is not happening (the issue is obviously knowing this), then the virus would not be passed during sex without a condom, is that accurate?
The thing is, how would you know when asymptomatic shedding is not happening? Beside daily antivirals and recognition of symptoms and disclosure, there is really nothing else that you can do.
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