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Genital Herpes - Treatment Overview

Treatment can't cure genital herpes. But it can provide relief from the discomfort of herpes sores and can speed up healing.

Treatment works best if it is started as soon as possible after an outbreak begins. This is especially true for outbreaks that come back again and again.

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Understanding Genital Herpes -- Treatment

There's no cure for genital herpes, but antiviral treatment can help. Your doctor might prescribe: Zovirax Famvir Valtrex All of these antivirals can be used to shorten or prevent outbreaks. Daily suppressive therapy can reduce the number of outbreaks and potential spread to partners when ulcers are not apparent (called asymptomatic shedding). The newer drugs, Famvir and Valtrex, can be taken less frequently and may be better absorbed and better tolerated in some. During an active...

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Treatment includes:

  • Medicines to make blisters and sores less painful and heal faster or to help prevent outbreaks. For more information, see Medications.
  • Home treatment, such as taking warm sitz baths and wearing cotton underwear, to help sores heal. For more information, see Home Treatment.
  • Taking steps to prevent the spread of genital herpes. These include avoiding any sexual contact if you (or your partner) have symptoms or are being treated for genital herpes. For more information, see Prevention.
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Last Updated: December 20, 2012
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