A Woman with Recurrent Genital Herpes
Carol (discussed in Case 16) attends you again some 2 years after the episode of primary genital herpes. She has become increasingly distressed by frequent recurrences of genital herpes – she has had about eight episodes in the past year. She understands that drugs are available for the treatment of recurrences but she is anxious to avoid taking medication unless it is considered necessary. Carol also is concerned that the virus could become resistant to the drugs should she use these regularly. She separated from Mark about 6 months previously, but she has recently met a man – William – with whom she would like to develop a relationship. Carol is most anxious that William who does not know that she has genital herpes does not become infected.