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Transmission Rate Question

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I am female (H+) with a male partner (H-), with meds and condom use I see that the chance of transmission for the year is around 1%. My question is, does that rate increase the more times you have sex with that partner in any given month?

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The percentage is totally misleading.

The virus only transmits through skin-to-skin contact. An H- person can only become infected if the virus physically comes into contact with them.

That 1% is basically the "Sh*t happens" factor. Unexpected, inexplicable, "We did everything right, but sh*t happens", circumstances that are unfortunate and unavoidable.

So, no. The percentage doesn't change, no matter how many close calls or how many careful precautions. Because the percentage is just a mathmatical description of the random chaos of the physical universe in action.

and doesn't mean anything other than to prove that you can (and should) take steps to prevent transmission to your partner. That suppression medicine and condoms reduce risk so effectively, that it's irresponsible not to sincerely discuss the options of using them.

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I don’t know that I agree with that. I’m recently diagnosed so I may be wrong. But I tracked down and read the entire study that put out those numbers. 

The were like 740 couples who did suppression therapy in the study (other 740 didn’t).  Of the couples that used Valtrex daily and condoms, 1 percent female to male got HSV in the 8 month study.  It also tracked the amount of times couples had sex, and it looked like the average was about 1-2x week.  The more you have sex beyond this I believe the higher your chances because it’s more change the sex coincides with the occasional viral shedding. The chances are still very low either way. 

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