I have had genital herpes HSV2 for 6 years. I spent 5 years by myself and then met someone wonderful. I disclosed my status very early as I wanted to be honest. To say that he was supportive and understanding is an understatement. I cannot remember the last time I had an outbreak but I was taking Valtrex previously whenever I had symptoms which was often. Once I started this relationship I started suppressive therapy of 1500mg of Valtrex daily. Once we became intimate he used condoms, but he then made the decision to stop using them. I honestly have not yet learned what shedding feels like for me so anytime I feel any type of anything I would ere on the side of caution and let him know. There were times where he wanted to be intimate anyway and accepted the risk. This past week I felt something,I didn’t mention it and we had sex. I honestly can’t say that it was the herpes. I was actually treated for a yeast infection a day or 2 after, so what I was feeling was most likely the yeast infection. However now day 4 I’m still feeling discomfort (not completely over the yeast infection) but symptoms feel like maybe the herpes. I am concerned because now he is sick…his symptoms are cold symptoms (sore throat, running nose, and very run down). I know that it could very well just be that, but my mind also fears that I have made him sick. Indeed it may be irrational, but although he has accepted the risk I don’t know if I could every forgive my self if I gave him herpes.
– In taking the 1500mg of Valtrex daily what is the likelihood of transmitting herpes when not using a condom?
– If someone is infected with herpes, how soon after would they experience symptoms and what would those symptoms look like. I have read that flu-like symptoms are possible, but wanted to confirm. Would that also encompass symptoms of a cold.
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