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Can you tell me what you suggest if you have genital herpes can you be viral shedding 45% of the year?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Very unlikely: It is unlikely you shed virus that often. In genital herpes due to HSV2, shedding typically is 5% to 20% of the time. But actual transmission risk is lower; often shedding is in very small amounts of virus, too little for easy transmission to partners. You can reduce shedding and transmission risk with valacyclovir or acyclovir. Unlike HSV2, HSV1 genital shedding and sexual transmission are rare.

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Last updated Nov 29, 2014

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