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What is the treatment for genital herpes?

Although there is no known cure for herpes, there are treatments for the outbreaks. There are oral medications, such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), or valacyclovir (Valtrex), that prevent the virus from multiplying and even shorten the length of the eruption. Although topical (applied directly on the lesions) agents exist, they are generally less effective than other medications and are not routinely used. Medication that is taken by mouth, or in severe cases intravenously, is more effective. It is important to remember that there is still no cure for genital herpes and that these treatments only reduce the severity and duration of outbreaks.

Since the initial infection with HSV tends to be the most severe episode, an antiviral medication usually is warranted. These medications can significantly reduce pain and decrease the length of time until the sores heal, but treatment of the first infection does not appear to reduce the frequency of recurrent episodes.

In contrast to a new outbreak of genital herpes, recurrent herpes episodes tend to be mild, and the benefit of antiviral medications is only derived if therapy is started immediately prior to the outbreak or within the first 24 hours of the outbreak. Thus, the antiviral drug must be provided for the patient in advance. The patient is instructed to begin treatment as soon as the familiar pre-outbreak "tingling" sensation occurs or at the very onset of blister formation.

Finally, suppressive therapy to prevent frequent recurrences may be indicated for those with more than six outbreaks in a given year. Acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) may all be given as suppressive therapies.

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Comment from: staycoolandcalm, 65-74 Female Published: March 10

I have had genital herpes for 35 years. I married my husband 25 years ago, and he never contracted it. I have breakouts very seldom, as I try to stay calm. I find that if I get really upset about something, I have a breakout. I use Vaseline on the lesion when I do have an occasional breakout.

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Comment from: anddlm16, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

When I was 16, I met my boyfriend who was 15 at the time. His ex had herpes and didn't tell him. Then he had a breakout, but we didn't know what it was until after it went away. We had sex a few days after that. I was itching all the time. I went to the doctor to find out I had herpes. My doctor gave me valacyclovir, and I been taking one pill a day for the past two years. I am married now and have a healthy pretty daughter. I haven't had a breakout yet.

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