... If you did nothing this long and never even knew you had it, just avoiding sex when you have anything going on genitally will probably go a long way for the rest of your marriage together.
I guess I am most concerned because I may have been on placebo prior to Jan 09 and did not have any blisters until after that time; i.e my pre-drug strong immune system might have been protecting me from obÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and also from shedding the virus so that it is only for the last 27 months that my husband has been at an increased risk..
Personally, I'd consider daily suppressive therapy. if you are on high dose steroids and having genital issues regularly, suppressive therapy will help reduce recurrences. who needs to have more genital discomfort than necessary is my motto! We know steroids trigger herpes to reoccur more often, suppressive therapy would help to counter that side effect of the steroids for you.
Are there problems associated with daily suppressive therapy? I have osteoporosis and GERD both of which were worsened/caused by meds I took to counter side effects of other meds I took (so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a little reluctant to take another new drug).
3) Can lesions be cultured as well as blisters and is there any point in doing so?
well at this point you know what you have and where. Unless you have something questionable that doesn't seem like your "typical" ob's, no real reason for culturing. Just treat ob's as they happen/let them run their course or reduce ob's and their severity with suppressive therapy.
Other than the herpes and a case of shingles, I am having very good results with this new MS drug (not a steroid). The reason I was wondering about culturing the lesions is to know how frequently I am having obÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. If it is only the 2 blister times, then I am not too concerned. If, however, the lesions are also herpes, then I am having more frequent and prolongued obÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a factor in deciding if (1) I want to take the daily suppressive therapy and/or (2) continue on this new MS drug which is now on the market, not presently covered by my insurance and incredibly expensive.
just keep asking questions that you and your hubby have!
My gyn gave me an rx for estrogen cream to try on my perineum short-term to see if it helps (ie the lesions are due to atrophy). Is there any problem using the cream on herpetic lesions? (I trust my gyn and figure she would not have rxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d the cream if there was a problem, but better safe than sorry).
Do you know of any good advice websites specifically for people who are immune-compromised? I have been having trouble locating one.