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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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Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Most cases of genital herpes are caused by infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is more often the cause of cold sores or fever blisters. But it can also be a cause of genital herpes. Most people with genital herpes don't know they have it. That's because in most people it produces either no symptoms or very mild...

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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 bathsand 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: November 14, 2014
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