Infections

Genital herpes

About Genital herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can cause sores on your genital or rectal area, buttocks, and thighs. You can get it from having sex, even oral sex. The virus can spread even when sores are not present. Mothers can also infect their babies during childbirth.

Symptoms of Genital herpes
  • Genital sores
  • Itchy or painful blisters

All Medications for Genital herpes

  • Zovirax
    (Acyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Zovirax (Acyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Valtrex
    (Valacyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is a first choice treatment for herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll control the signs and symptoms of an outbreak.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Genital herpes

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?

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What’s your best coping strategy?
  • To remind myself that this is simply a skin condition in a highly inconvenient location. A cold sore that traveled south. And that it will not kill you.

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • I've realized that emotional flare-ups bring on new sores, so I need to stay cool and use my head rather than flare up in anger or get upset over nothing important.