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How do medications control genital herpes?

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Antiviral drug therapy can reduce the amount of virus you shed. Taking a drug daily to reduce the frequency of outbreaks may help keep your partner from being infected. You should still use a condom, however, because suppressive therapy only prevents transmission about half the time. Daily therapy isn't the only option. If your outbreaks are few and far between, you might keep a supply of antiviral pills that you could take in case of a flare-up. Ask your doctor what’s right for you.

From: Genital Herpes and Your Sex Life WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  WebMD Medical News: "Genital Herpes Treatment Cuts Spread." CDC. Warren, T. and Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002. Terri Warren, RN. Joanne Grosshans, manager, Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association. American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:  WebMD Medical News: "Genital Herpes Treatment Cuts Spread." CDC. Warren, T. and Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002. Terri Warren, RN. Joanne Grosshans, manager, Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association. American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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