A recent study has tried to explain why suppressive therapy only cut herpes transmission risks by half. Suppressive therapy is the term used to describe taking herpes drugs like acyclovir or valacyclovir (also known as Zovirax and Valtrex) daily. This herpes treatment usually stops most herpes outbreaks.
Twenty years ago doctors used to believe that herpes could only be transmitted during herpes recurrent or first episodes. This belief has been challenged ever since and research has demonstrated that herpes can be transmitted without any visible signs. This usually occurs during asymptomatic shedding. Asymptomatic shedding is quite simple to understand. It means shedding without symptoms. In other words, it means that the virus travels down the nerve paths where it usually remains inactive all the way to skin cells where it can be transmitted.
Asymptomatic shedding has been the ’accepted’ 20th century scientific explanation of otherwise unexplained herpes transmission. Herpes drug companies have, since then, concentrated their efforts on demonstrating that their drugs reduce the risk of herpes transmission by reducing asymptomatic shedding. I remember reading that asymptomatic shedding could be reduced by up to 90%. But if asymptomatic shedding is cut by 90% then why are transmission risks cut by only 48%?
According to this new study, this could be explained by the fact that most asymptomatic episodes last less than 7 to 13 hours, depending on whether the subject is using medical suppressive therapy or not. The number of asymptomatic shedding days varied from 10 to 22.6 days for those undergoing suppressive therapy and 28.7 days per year for those not undergoing therapy. The best results where obtained for standard dosage acyclovir. High dose valacyclovir or acyclovir therapy did not seem to improve things much from standard dosage. Suppressive therapy did not seem to impact the prevalence of the virus in tissue samples.
So what does this mean for you and me? It means that we have to be extra careful about these very short and mild symptoms. It seems that herpes can become infectious for only half a day and then leave the skin.
I have noticed in the past that I would get some mild itching for three hours and then nothing at all. If you know what to look for, you have a greater chance of protecting your partner.
If you are taking suppressive therapy, please be aware that it is only cutting your number of shedding days by half.
Now, I can’t help but wonder why I did not transmit herpes to my former partner of almost nine years and why several women who have written to me also stayed several years with the same partner without transmitting herpes? I think there must be something more to herpes transmission than is presented here. Someone told me that another person who sells herpes recovery advice online claims that it is all a big conspiracy and that asymptomatic shedding does not exist. I don’t think that is the case. I do, however, wonder if asymptomatic shedding may not always be contagious.
Until a new vaccine hits the market or some suppressive therapy becomes effective at stopping all shedding without any potential long-term side-effects, like kidney failure, I invite you to try the all natural suppressive herpes treatment I’ve been using and which has now helped me prevent transmitting herpes to two men in 10 years. You can use it alongside your medical treatment to make it even more effective or choose like me to quit using any herpes drug. Find out more “>here