Valtrex is an antiviral medication that reduces the occurrence of herpes outbreaks.
Using Valtrex daily also reduces the time and likelihood of the virus to “shed”, i.e. Studies show that it can reduce the viral shedding periods so much that transmission rates drop by 50%. Other common antivirals for herpes are acyclovir (also spelled aciclovir) and Zovirax.
You will also not have the same need to avoid sex during and around times of outbreaks, but you will probably want to, for the sake of avoiding discomfort or prolonging the outbreak by irritating it. (We recommend Positive Singles — read our review here).
The encouraging transmission rates show that you can have fulfilling sex with herpes without passing it along if you take basic precautions.
Some people also critique Valtrex for causing liver damage over time. If you don’t want to take Valtrex, there are natural herpes remedies that can somewhat suppress herpes, too.
HSV-1 is usually associated with oral herpes, but it can also spread to the genitals through oral sex.
Some people get herpes even though they’ve always used condoms!
So you can educate yourself about sex with herpes, including what precautions you can take, what your chances are of getting herpes, and types of sexual encounters as they relate to herpes.
(Statistics, depending on populations used, vary slightly.) Condoms don’t prevent herpes transmission, but they help, cutting down the rate of transmission by about 30%.
Condoms are not totally effective because genital herpes only require skin-to-skin contact to spread, so the areas that the condom does not cover are still susceptible.
One of the encouraging things about genital herpes (HSV-2) is that it’s still possible to have a rich and fulfilling sex life.
Sex with herpes can be intimate, romantic, loving, and fun.