Are SLE patients more at risk for Herpe Simplex II ?

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   Posted 6/20/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have just started dating a man who tests positive for HS II, but does not have obvious "outbreaks".   He may shed the disease, but does not seem to have sores that would alert him to an outbreak. (either genital or oral)
Can SLE patients take Valtrex safely if they also contract the disease?  What are other complications and concerns.  Is the risk of getting the disease higher in SLE patients than a person with normal immune system?  Are the symptom worse or more frequent in SLE patients?

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   Posted 6/20/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Embe, Welcome to Healing Well :-)

I'm not too sure how herpes affects Lupus patients however I know that Valtrex can be taken by a Lupus patient. Valtrex is the drug most commonly prescribed for shingles (a form of herpes) which due to immunosuppressants, Lupies have a higher risk of getting. I have taken Valtrex due to shingles and had no problems with it. From what I have heard though, you can still trasmit the herpes simplex virus even though there is no visible outbreak but the risk is much less than with an outbreak. I think most of all, just keep an eye for any infections and if anything if you do contract the virus, the Valtrex will do more help than harm. I would definitely bring this up as a topic with your doc at your next appt.

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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had oral herpes all my life, with rare outbreaks when under stress or with fever. I started getting more outbreaks with Lupus, so I've been taking Valtrex daily for several years now.

I also once had a partner w/genital herpes. Your gentleman friend should be taking Valtrex daily. This is supposed to protect him (you) from shedding the disease w/o outbreaks. This is probably the best protection for you.

I don't know if your doctor would recommend Valtrex as a preventative -- my guess would be not. But you should talk with your doctor about it.

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