Has anyone heard of these antiviral gels made from red seaweed? I read about them on the web and apparently they are supposed to be very effective in preventing transmission of many types of viruses (HSV, HPV, and even HIV). One of the products is in the very final stages of FDA approval and is due to come out next month (March 2007), according to one source I found. I did a search on the board and didn't come up with anything.
I ask because I have HSV II (first OB was June of 2006) but to my knowledge I have not had any outbreaks since then. So I have had no symptoms for about 7 months in my first year of infection. I almost did not believe I really had it until I got blood tested and it returned positive. So I would like to have sex again sometime within my lifetime
I am on the fence about Valtrex since I haven't had any outbreaks and I'm afraid that it might weaken my body's natural defense against the virus (plus it's expensive), however I also would like the benefit of decreasing the possibility of viral shedding.
So basically I'm wondering if anyone knows anything more about this antiviral gel, if I should get a prescription for Valtrex, and what other precautions I should take (besides the obvious use of condoms). I just want to be as safe as possible.
And does anyone know anything about this damned vaccination that has supposedly been due to come out for some time now? When can we expect a product to hit the market? All of the articles I have read were from like 2001 and according to them it should be done by now! I figure it should be following the HPV vaccination, right?