I was diagnosed with HSV2 genital in 2013. I have not been in a relationship since this time. I was always fearful of having to share my status with someone. However, I have met someone and we have had the conversation and his response was shockingly very supportive. With that said should our relationship go further I want to ensure that I do everything to avoid passing this to him. My initial outbreaks were bad. Currently I only take Valtrex when I feel the start of an outbreak or any symptoms which is often. I am going to start taking Valtrex daily for suppression. I would like to know what other precautions I should take to minimize any risk for him (including oral sex and any touching in the vaginal area). I would also like to know or understand shedding..is the virus always active and therefore am I always at risk of passing it? Thank you
Shedding is not always active and is greatly reduced with antiviral medicine, which you will be starting. Is he willing to use condoms? If yes and having sex about twice per week, the risk drops to about 1-2% transmission per year. How often do you have outbreaks>
He is definitely willing to use condoms. I would say that my outbreaks are once every couple of months with inconsistent use of the antiviral medicine. Is there any risk with touching or oral sex in the vaginal area if I do not have any active sores? Thank you
There is no risk of touching if the skin of his hand is intact. There is a small risk of him giving you oral sex, for acquisition in the mouth, but the risk is low. This is true even when you have no sores. And inconsistent antiviral therapy is not going to be adequate to reduce transmission, though I think you likely know this already.
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