Some people get herpes even though they’ve always used condoms!
Nonetheless, using a condom is a great idea and reducing the chancing by almost a third is nothing to sneeze at.
When a person is not experiencing an outbreak, there is a 4-10% chance of transmitting it.
(Depending mostly on genders.) Because of the nature of male and female genitalia, it is easier for herpes to be transmitted to a woman by a man than vice-versa.
Valtrex is an antiviral medication that reduces the occurrence of herpes outbreaks.
Using Valtrex daily also reduces the time and likelihood of the virus to “shed”, i.e. Studies show that it can reduce the viral shedding periods so much that transmission rates drop by 50%. Other common antivirals for herpes are acyclovir (also spelled aciclovir) and Zovirax.
For example, if you’re a man who is not having an outbreak, you would have an 8% chance of giving it to your partner. (Add in antivirals, and you’ve brought it down to 2%).