I am dating a woman that has a history of genital herpes that has had no outbreaks or symptoms for 10 years. Prior to that, she had an initial outbreak with 2 or 3 further episodes. She does not take any medication for prevention either.
Based on this, what would be the recommendations for sexual activity for both?
How likely is it for the male to become infected?
If you are worried about becoming infected then just wear a condom.
Although she doesn't have any outbreaks that she has noticed she may still shed the virus therefore you still have a risk of getting it.
first off she needs tested to know if she has hsv1 or hsv2. Odds are she didn't have proper typing of her infection when she was infected.
You too need to get a type specific herpes igg blood test to know your own status. you can't make educated decisions until you know who has what.
your partner not having had obvious lesions in the last 10 years is meaningless actually, she still sheds the virus periodically which is why knowing who has what and talking about what precautions to take is important. Your overall risk is low in general of contracting her genital herpes infection but make sure you are making educated decisions.
Well, you can have herpes outside of the vagina also. So what looks like an ingrown hair might be herpes and you can be infected from pelvis to pelvis touching even though you are wearing a condom.
Best thing is to get her tested and get yourself tested.
Remember that about 10% of the population has herpes - go to the mall count to 1-9 and then say there's one, then repeat until you're more comfortable with dealing with the idea.
If you decide to continue on with her then contact your dr. tell him/her your herpes status and your girl friends. IF you notice any symptons see your dr right away. Used to be believed that a high dosage of acyclofer (sp) during the initial outbreak would put herpes into long term remission. Not sure about current medical practices but you should become informed and keep your doctor informed.
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