Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Please read the fine print about Valtrex

Oh, how wonderful those commercials are. You know, the soft, optimistic music as couples smile, hug and get involved in activities together. One of them looks at the camera and says words like, “I have genital herpes, and I want to do everything I can to make sure I don’t give it to my partner. That’s why I take Valtrex.”

If you have herpes, that gift that keeps on giving, Valtrex wants you to know there’s hope. On Valtrex’s Website, we find out: “Only once-daily VALTREX is proven to reduce risk of transmission of genital herpes*…Based on a landmark study, VALTREX 500 mg once daily has been approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of transmission of genital herpes, along with safer sex practices.”

Notice the asterisk? That usually means there’s an important clarification. Scroll down the page toward the bottom and you see this:

* In immunocompetent (able to develop immune responses) heterosexual adults. Safer sex practices should be used with suppressive therapy with VALTREX.

Cutting through the crap: even if you take Valtrex, it is still possible to contract herpes; Valtrex reduces but does not remove the risk of spreading the disease.

Herpes, like other viruses, has no cure. So if you get it, just remember. Someday if you meet the girl or guy of your dreams, they’ll have to ask themselves one hard question: do they love you enough to have sexual intercourse with you and run the risk that they may very well someday get herpes from you?

I wish Valtrex would face more on the realities of herpes instead of trying to sugarcoat it.

From the rumors that have been circulating around, you’d be hard pressed to go into a Hollywood medicine cabinet and not find Valtrex or some equivalent.

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