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Topical microbicides / virus killers for asymptomatic shedding

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Hi, does anyone know some effective topical microbicide? That is, some kind of soap / cream / spray that kills the virus and can be used when no outbreaks are present?


I ask in order to have yet another tool to prevent infection when you are shedding asymptomatically.


I would feel much more relaxed and secure when having sex if I use condom + medicine + topical stuff killing the virus.


Many thanks my friends,

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I just found out several things:


- something like Zovirax Topical exists, but it seems suited for an outbreak, and not for asymptomatical shedding. Can anyone confirm?


- essential oils *could* have an antiviral effect when applied topically alongside a carrier oil. Non-scientifical introduction here: https://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Anti-Viral_Essential_Oils


- Here is a German study about peppermint essential oil: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13678235 They say that after 3h of incubation "antiviral activity of about 99% could be demonstrated".


- tea tree oil and eucaliptus oil also killed the virus in the lab (but they do not say how much time it took to kill it): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11338678


- lemon balm oil: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18693101 (no mention about timing)


- something called "aqueous extracts" of several herbs: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18693101


- aqueous root extract from Pelargonium (an african plant): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18691858


I will update with more findings.

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Here's a 1988 study about applying common antiseptics on the virus in a lab: Lysol, Listerine, alcohol... Alcohol kills the virus inmediately according to this study.


However, this is in the lab, and we do not know the effects when applying the susbtance to your body/skin, because the alcohol could kill the first "layer" of virus, but replication can keep coming in waves during the next minutes so the "knock down" effect of alcohol / Listerine, etc, could last just a couple of minutes for example, and a sexual act can be longer than that (in some instances at least, lol).


Also, this would be mostly for guys. And I'd like to remember we are talking about asymptomatic shedding - so the skin is "intact". And this kind of "creative" measures are not a substitute of what science have established that works so far: condoms and daily medication in the right doses.


So I'd like to make clear that this is just an "experimental thought", a "complement" in the best of cases, and something we should absolutely talk about with a doctor before trying anything like this. Any thoughts?


- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC266254/pdf/jcm00074-0065.pdf

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