Welcome to healthcare magic.
I understand from your query that your boyfriend has genital herpes
and you are concerned whether it could spread to you through sexual intercourse.
Let me tell you a few medical facts about genital herpes.
The herpes virus will stay dormant in the nerves and cause outbreaks now and then when the body's immunity levels go low.
However, even when the person is not having an active break out of herpes, he could still continue to shed the virus in his genital secretions. This is called as " Asymptomatic shedding". That means shedding virus without any symptoms on the outside.
The drug Valacyclovir ( Valtrex
) will only heal the blisters during an active break out or when taken regularly, it will suppress the infection so that one does not get frequent break outs. However, this will not prevent the shedding of the virus in the genital secretions.
With this in mind, one can indulge in sexual intercourse using a condom which will prevent the infection from spreading from an infected partner to another.
Having said this, genital herpes is not a life- threatening disease. With adequate protection and care, you can prevent spread of the infection and enjoy a healthy and normal life.
Hope this helps you.
If you any further queries, I will be glad to answer.
Dr. Johny Chacko