Can herpes affect your erection?

Dear Dr. Rob:

If you’re a male and have herpes can it effect your erection
and can you still have children without spreading herpes to your

Dr Rob’s Response:

Dear Poster Who Asks about his Erection:

Herpes is not usually associated with erectile dysfunction and,
yes, you can pass it. On the other hand, using a drug such as
Acyclovir, markedly reduces asymptomatic shedding and may
allow the possibility of having children without passing the
virus. There are no guarantees since Acyclovir is not 100% in
preventing asymptomatic shedding, and there is no absolute
guarantee that if you have sex without Acyclovir you will
pass the virus. Unfortunately, it remains a crapshoot.


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