Wednesday, May 7, 2008

No Comprende

There's one particular TV commercial that I simply do not understand. It's for the drug, Valtrex, a medication for sufferers of genital herpes.

According to the ad, the benefit of taking a daily dose of Valtrex is that it will help the infected person not spread the virus to others. On the surface, that sounds like a great benefit and a sure reason to ask one's doctor to prescribe it.

But the disclaimers basically contradict the premise of such benefits. For example, we're told there is no cure for genital herpes, so how does Valtrex help to alleviate the disease?

More importantly, potential users are warned that during an outbreak or if the infected person sees the signs of an impending outbreak, the best way not to spread the virus is to avoid sexual activity. This is good advice. So, what role does Valtrex play?

I mean, if an infected person forgoes sexual activity as suggested, it's immaterial whether or not they take the drug.

What am I missing?

(Hmm. No blog entries for over a month and now two within less than 1 hour.)


  1. Basically it simply reduces the chances of passing it on. What most folks don't realize is that it doesn't take intimate exposure. I could catch it from your arm. Valtrex just sort of dampens it so that it's not, whether in full break-out or not. This also means that it reduces the number of breakouts and their severity.

  2. Thanks for the info!! That's one of the great benefits of the blogosphere. Ask a question and it will usually be answered.


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