My fiancee recently tested positive for HSV2, and I am worried that I might contract the illness because I have had environmental allergies. Please help.

Q. Can a patient with allergies contract genital herpes from his partner diagnosed with HSV2?

Answered by
Dr. Sushil Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 18, 2023 and last reviewed on: Jun 28, 2023

Hello doctor,

My fiancée recently told me that he tested positive for herpes simplex virus (HSV) 2. We have never shared a kiss or been kissed; we are devoted to maintaining our virginity before the marriage. I am frightened of contracting the illness. I tend to get colds or diseases going around, and I have really bad environmental allergies (I carry an Epi-pen). Latex really irritates my skin. I have only ever had one sexual partner in my life, so I want to take extra precautions this time despite the fact that his doctor believes it's not a huge concern. I am aware that a lifestyle change would be required, but from what I have learned, people shed even when they have no symptoms. Condoms will not protect me. Since he does not have many breakouts, is it not feasible that I may contract the illness quickly? Would you suggest that a patient like me risk contracting genital herpes, or is the danger too great? Kindly help.



Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It is a positive thing that he has disclosed. And it is now up to you. Compared to an active infection with genital sores, a quiet illness is far less contagious. Of course, a person can shed without showing any symptoms, and a condom will not completely prevent you, but it will greatly lower the risk. If he can take a once-daily preventive antiviral like Valacyclovir 1000mg to prevent viral replication, that would be another step to further lower the risk. However, please consult a physician, discuss with them, and start taking the medications with their consent. I hope this helps. Thank you and take care.

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