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    I contracted herpes 5 years ago. My partner had never had symptoms so we thought it would be safe to stop using condoms after his STI test was clear (but of course they don't test for herpes...).

    I still get very frequent outbreaks (1-2 month) and it does get me down sometimes as they can be very painful. So I am thinking about speaking to my GP about the possibility of suppressive therapy. Does anyone have any experience of this?

    I've read that people can still get recurrent outbreaks even when they are on antivirals - I'm wondering if there is any point in starting treatment if I will still continue to have outbreaks every month... I had very bad side effects when I was given acyclovir so I only really want to give it a go if it makes a difference.

    I would be really grateful if someone could share their experiences.

    Mate of mine (seriously) has it and said the antivirals did reduce the frequency, but not enough to make a big difference. He said the cream to reduce irritation was helpful. Best to have this discussion with your GP though.
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