Episodic treatment is taking a short course of Aciclovir at the onset of a recurrence. The time taken to develop antibodies is usually two to six weeks after infection, but can be up to six months. Cold sores on the mouth and genital herpes are medically the same condition. What can we do to reduce my chances of getting the Herpes infection? Some people react negatively no matter what you say or how you say it.
This approach will not have any effect on asymptomatic viral shedding and hence its effect on reducing herpes transmission is unclear and not likely to be very significant.
Dating someone with herpes??
On the other hand, by telling your partner you have herpes and allowing them to enter into the relationship with full knowledge of your infection, you reduce the likelihood of them becoming infected with herpes. You might even be surprised to learn that your partner has been equally concerned about telling you that they have genital herpes or another sexual infection. Your support can be very important in helping your partner to deal with these feelings and to minimise the effect of genital herpes on his or her life. They will then be able to provide information, reassurance and optimal management. There are likely to be certain days when active herpes virus might be on the skin even though there are no obvious signs or symptoms. Such feelings can themselves bring on a recurrence and so you can easily get into a vicious cycle. If your outbreaks are frequent, I really recommend it.