I have genital HSV-II. I have a few questions.
1) When I have a tingly prodrome and nerve pain down my leg, but no other symptoms, how long should I wait to have sex? I usually up my famcyclovir right away and the tingling goes away within a day. Can I have sex when the tingling goes away or do I have to wait longer? Google is telling me different things.
2) Google and these forums also say that after an actual OB, you should wait 1) until the skin heals and looks normal, or 2) that the virus shedding stops 5 days after you up antivirals. Which one is it?
I get very minor obs; they rarely scab and are usually just one tiny red raw spot. If my skin clears up faster than 5 days, am I good to go? Or do I need to wait? The famcyclovir ob dose is 1000 mg 2x per day for only one day...so it's one and done.
3) finally, can I assume that when (during a stressful week), if I'm alternating days with prodrome (but have a random day with no symptoms), that I may want to avoid sex that week?
And yes, I'm aware there is always a risk, but I'm talking about avoiding the higher risk. I just started dating a great guy who has been so supportive and I want to be as cautious as I can with the risk factors I have control over.
Thanks so much in advance for addressing all 3 questions