1. Am I reasonably putting anybody at risk if I wear protection during intercourse?
I doubt you would put anyone at risk using a condom!
2. After around 10 years of initial contraction, and I saw you say after 2 years it becomes 4 days out of the year shedding, is it possible that the virus is 100% dormant in my system?
(I don’t drink, smoke.. im in the fitness industry very healthy)
It is possible that it is 100% dormant, but there is no way to know that and I don’t think you can completely assume that.
3. If not 100%, then do we have the data on shedding genitally after those 2 yrs?
4. I know this is up to the individual, but based on a variety of factors (most ppl have hsv1, been 10 years etc..), would you recommend disclosure on every sexual encounter? Even one night stands? (I always disclose for oral sex, but not genital)
I think anyone who engages in a one night stand with requiring STD testing prior to intercourse takes some risk. If you use condoms with every one night stand, I don’t feel that disclosure is required in this situation.
1. Would your recommendations here be vastly different if it were Hsv2?
2. I got it that we don’t have data on shedding rates at 10 years, but can we assume that the shedding rate, generally, goes down even further based on length of infection? If no data, perhaps your educated guess?
Given no data, I don’t have a guess but if you forced me to guess, I would guess that it is likely lower, as we do have data on HSV 2 and it does get lower over the years, so I would use that as a model
3. I’m curious about your knowledge of the stigma about this… clearly as we see from this forum, there are thousands of people who unfortunately have psychology stress of something so benign…
I heard about the pharmaceutical companies creating the stigma around hsv as a whole in the 70s to sell more medication, is that myth or based in fact?
That is total BS. Drug companies are working hard to develop vaccines to prevent herpes and others are making vaccines to reduce viral shedding and recurrences in people who have herpes.
The definition of stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Stigma comes from society and it’s reaction to any disease that infects the genitalia and especially those that can’t be cured.