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%).

For more information, read: Do condoms prevent herpes?

When a person is not experiencing an outbreak, there is a 4-10% chance of transmitting it.

Acyclovir is cheaper, but requires you to take more capsules at a time.

With Valtrex, you only need to take one pill a day for the purpose of suppressive therapy.

(Statistics, depending on populations used, vary slightly.) Condoms don’t prevent herpes transmission, but they help, cutting down the rate of transmission by about 30%.

Condoms are not totally effective because genital herpes only require skin-to-skin contact to spread, so the areas that the condom does not cover are still susceptible.

Cons: Side effects of Valtrex can include dehydration and extreme thirst, and for a few individuals, disorientation.

Be sure to know what effect it has on you at home before you plan to take it daily and drive a car.

"I wasn't sure if you'd be offended," he said, kindly thinking of my dirty, herpetic soul."It's no big deal," I said, "I mean, don't you have it too? A guy I was dating at the time went down on me, as you do, with no disclosure of previous cold sores he'd had. This dopey-ass, Soundcloud-having, Vimeo-Plus-subscribing dude had a Valtrex prescription for his frequent cold sores — one he hadn't been using — but didn't think that going down on me could transmit anything.

A few days after hooking up with him, I knew something was wrong.

This is still possible as long as other precautions are taken and both parties are informed and aware of the risks. Suppressive therapy is the use of prescription Valtrex on a daily basis, whether an outbreak is present or not.