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Treatment of Genital Herpes

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Genital herpes is a lifelong condition with no cure. However, there are medications that you can take to treat the symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of future outbreaks. Early treatment of the initial infection and future recurrences is important to decrease the chance of passing the infection to others and reduce the risk of complications in yourself.

Treatment involves:

Revision Information

  • 2015 Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/default.htm. Updated March 9, 2016. Accessed June 6, 2016.

  • Beauman JG. Genital herpes: a review. Am Fam Physician. 2005;72(8):1527-1534.

  • Genital herpes. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 8, 2016. Accessed June 6, 2016.

  • Genital herpes—CDC fact sheet (detailed). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes-detailed.htm. Updated November 17, 2015. Accessed June 6, 2016.