GENITAL HERPES AND OUTBREAKS
Transmission can occur from people with no symptoms. People with herpes shed active virus about 3-8% of days.
People with repeat outbreaks may benefit from daily suppressive therapy -- speak to your doctor about whether this might be right for you. Daily suppressive therapy means taking herpes medicine every day to prevent outbreaks. Some people are able to take the medicine right before outbreaks, when they first notice symptoms. The medicines are very safe and each way works for some people.
Both Zovirax and Valtrex are very similar medications that differ mainly in how often one has to take the medication. Zovarix is acyclovir and Valtrex is valacylovir which gets converted to acyclovir.
Oral sex can definitely result in herpes transmission, although with Herpes type II, the genital kind, it is much less likely to be transmitted than type I. Condoms have recently been shown to reduce herpes transmission.
To your health,
STD TRANSMISSION AND PREVENTION ADVICE
Latex, polyurethane, male, female -- we've got the lowdown on them all.