Hello. I'm looking for help for a friend. She was diagnosed today with genital herpes, and is in a lot of pain (this is her first outbreak). However, she's finding that the cost for the medication (Valtrex) is out of her reach ($400, even after insurance). I'm wondering if anyone knows of an assistance program for that medication. I've advised her to call her doctor and ask them, but she's distraught over this so I'm not sure she will.
On that note, does anyone have any tips for how to talk to her boyfriend about this? He's something of a health-nut/germaphobe, so she's even more worried he'll leave her than she might have been were he not. Either one could have given it to the other, as both were sexually active for a number of years before meeting (though they've been exclusive for over a year).