This means that an infected partner can transmit herpes to the uninfected partner even when no symptoms are present. So, if the infected partner takes DAILY Valtrex AND the couple nearly always uses condoms, as well as avoiding intimate contact if any symptoms are present, the risk of contracting genital herpes during an eight month period goes from about four chances in a hundred all the way down to 4 chances in a thousand. Two new methods to reduce transmission of genital herpes are being evaluated: vaccinate the susceptible person; or use antiviral drugs to reduce outbreaks and asymptomatic viral shedding in person with genital herpes. ? Many couples have had sexual relations for years without transmitting herpes. Some simply avoid having sexual contact when signs or symptoms are present, while others use condoms or other protection between outbreaks to help protect against asymptomatic shedding.
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine Once-Daily Valacyclovir to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of Genital Herpes.
Once-daily Valacyclovir To Reduce The Risk Of Transmission Of Genital Herpes Nejm