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    Dr. Kelly
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    Hello
    I have had herpes for 2 years.
    I have been taking co-valacyclovir, every day, I take 2 caplets, as recommended by my doctor at at my request as preventative measure. I haven’t had any outbreaks since, however my question his, having sex with condom and being on this medication, and no outbreaks, what are the chances of me passing it on to my partner?
    He said he would be in relationship with me but he would need to know that I wouldn’t infect him.
    I want him to trust me but I don’t know if he should unless I can guarantee that him having sex with me with all these three things working together will mean he won’t get it.
    Also, is the medication still effective after the expiry date ?
    Thank you,

    #19898
    Dr. Kelly
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    There are no guarantees that you won’t pass the virus onto your partner, but you can greatly reduce the chance.

    The first thing you need to do is have your partner get a blood test to see if he already has it and doesn’t know that he does.

    If he truly doesn’t have it, then here are the statistics.

    Assuming there is no sex during symptoms, the chance is 4%/year.

    If you use a condom, then it decreases to 2% and if you use a 3rd layer of protection i.e. an antiviral, then it decreases to 1%.

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