Does genital herpes become problematic or dangerous if a person who has it must undergo breast cancer chemotherapy, and cannot take Neulasta to boost the white cell count? My husband has herpes, and I have never gotten it after 14 years. I'm 56. Two years ago I had breast cancer (1 cm., mostly-invasive, ductile carcinoma), e.r. positive, grade 3, negative lymph nodes. During chemo I had a severe allergic reaction to Neulasta and couldn't continue taking it, hence my white cell count was problematic throughout the treatment. After treatment,my wbc climbed to around 4.5 (Spring '08)and now has been 3.2 for 6 months, although my neutrafils have been in the normal range. As far as I know I don't have cancer now. But I'm afraid to have sex with my husband without a condom (i'm post-menopause), because I'm afraid that now I might be more susceptible to getting herpes, and that if I were to ever need chemo again, herpes infection would be dangerous, given my wbc concerns. True or not? Thanks.
Persons with reduced immunity are more prone to infections. Most chemotherapy drugs cause immunosuppression. Infections with Herpes virus can be more severe in immunocompromised patients. Has your husband been treated for the genital herpes? If he does not have any infection now, there should be little cause to worry. Ask him to get a check up and treatment if needed.
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