Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How Long Does Herpes Shedding Last?

A 2008 study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases measured the duration of “reactivations” of HSV in healthy adults. The sample size included 25 people who tested positive for HSV-2, who were checked via swabs four times a day for 60 days. These were the findings⁴:
  • 24% of the genital herpes reactivations lasted 6 or fewer hours.
  • 49% of the herpes shedding periods lasted 12 or fewer hours.
  • Only 7% were accompanied by visible lesions.
A recent study has shown that it is possible to actually let the herpes sufferers take an antiviral chemical which will make them less contagious. Since it is known that acyclovir decreases detection of viral DNA, it turns out that it also makes patients less contagious! This has been a revolution in the management of couples in which one partner is infected and one partner is NOT infected. See the Medical Advisory Board’s statement on this important landmark study.
What is the take-home message on the concept of shedding of herpes simplex from the genital tract? Patients with genital herpes must remember that they may be shedding virus and not be aware of it. Further publications have indicated that many patients don’t pay attention to very slight symptoms that, in fact, means that they are having mild outbreaks5. Good education of patients may help them to recognize subtle symptoms.
Patients should also have hope that through modification of life style, using appropriate precautions, and through the use of non-prescription products and/or prescription medication, they can achieve a high level of control of genital herpes and drastically decrease the likelihood of transmitting the infection to a loved one.

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