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TheGermDoctor, Doctor (other than dermatologist)
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Experience:  Infectious Diseases specialist. I treat dermatologic infections- incl. bacterial, viral and fungal.
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If I had contact with a female when I was on the tail end of

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If I had contact with a female when I was on the tail end of healing from a genital, HSV-2 outbreak, and the actual site, where the eruptions were, did not make any contact with their skin, would there be a high, low(er), or no risk of possible transmission? I was also wondering, the likelihood of the virus being contained in semen, as I know some ejeculate did get on her. I have been on anti-viral therapy since I noticed the symptoms, as well.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 1 year ago.

I would say the risk is "low".

The highest risk for transmission is when there are active lesions present and person to person contact with skin, or ejaculate fluid.

But in fact even when there are no active lesions some people can still "shed" virus- so it is not an absolute rule that one is safe if no lesions are present.

Antivirals definitely lower the amount of virus present, as do condoms. But protection is by no means complete.

It would be hard to quote you an exact odds that she will be infected- but I think "low" is the best descriptor I would use.

Good luck and let me know if you have added questions.

If not please provide a rating to the answer to show your question was answered

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But, with semen having the virus in it if it gets on their genital area? (Being on AV therapy). And part of my penis touching her genital area but not the part where the eruptions were?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
as to say with being on valtrex since the start of this episode... is my whole genital area at high risk to expose or just the immediate area that would be where the eruption was? Cause the top of my penis did make some contact as well as some ejaculate to her genital area. (But I only had an eruption at the base, and that was covered by clothing)
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 1 year ago.

Virus can be shed both in ejaculate fluid and from skin in the genital area

As noted in your description there would still be some exposure- again being on Valtrex lowers the risk but it is still present.

Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 1 year ago.

Does that answer your question?

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Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 1 year ago.


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Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 1 year ago.

I am still awaiting if you have any follow up to my above answer-

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