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HSV-2 Positive: Questions about Shedding
An_251906 posted:
I was diagnosed with genital HSV-2 in mid-February of this year. I'm fairly certain I contracted the virus in mid to late December.

In March I began suppressive therapy: Valacyclovir 500mg/once a day.

After reading Terri Warren's book, The Good News about the Bad News, I found that outbreaks and viral shedding are at their height during the first few months after infection.

My question is,when is there a significant or at least notable reduction in shedding? As in how many months after infection?

I haven't had an second outbreak yet, but I do tend to have frequent prodromal systems (my penis seems to tingle at least every 48 hours for a few hours). I do tend to masturbate frequently and for extended periods of time, which may cause the tingling.

I am not in a relationship, but would like to be sexually active. Of course I would be up front about my herpes and use condoms, but the tingling, which I'm assuming means the virus is present on the surface of my penis, has prevented me from doing so.

How long will it take until the tingling is not as frequent (provided I cut back on the frequent and lengthy masturbation)? Should I consider upping my intake of Valacyclovir? Possibly 500mg/twice a day?

Thank you for your input.
abe648 responded:
Go back and see your doc. You should not have feelings like this so often and perhaps you there are other things that can be done.

Masturbation should not have an effect on how you feel.
Abe ... Read more in the Herpes Handbook. Watch the Herpes Video and Terri Warren's book The Good News about the Bad News. All located under the heading Herpes at

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