No they're not necessary. There are two reasons to take antivirals. One is to help keep from having outbreaks or lessen the severity. The other is if you are sexually active with someone who does not have herpes. The antiviral would reduce the chance of transmission.
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I haven't taken them in 24 years.
This is a great question,I have GH1 and had surgery a month ago, I stopped talking meds two weeks prior,I was diagnosed last July ; a week after I know I got it but I've been on meds pretty much since and haven't been seeing anyone. I've never had another outbreak even after stopping meds.
I'm thinking about not taking them till I start seeing someone
I stopped taking mine because outbreak aren’t to common with HSV 2 Orally and I’m not dating a muggle. If stopping seems not the right thing for you yet you can reduce the amount until your comfy with the idea.
I haven't started taking them
In that case feel it out first. See if your outbreak are going to be a regular thing or not. If your getting them frequently you might wanna take them. I also think if you haven’t had another outbreak since your initial it’s beneficial to know the feelings and sensations before your outbreak.
Walton I only had the initial outbreak and it mimicked a yeast infection, so I have been looking for the itching that is the precursor.
I stopped taking them 2 years ago, but I actually don't even have that many breakouts anymore, not sure why. But not complaining.
A diagnosis of herpes does not mean a lifetime of meds. patrica stated 2 reasons why above.
In 35 years with this - I rarely take meds. They weren't even available when I was first diagnosed.
Nope. Only if you are with a non herpes partner.
Nope. But you might think about getting a prescription and keeping some on hand for if you do have a herpes outbreak. You never know when one might happen. If you get the generic and don't end up using them, you are only out a few dollars but if you need them you're ready. If you become sexually active and change your mind and want to start taking it regularly, you can if you have an RX waiting. You have six months from the date it was written to fill a non-narcotic prescription, then they are invalid. The pharmacy will put it on file so you don't have to worry about losing it too.
That is a good idea