A 45-year-old member asked:
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is there a treatment for genital herpes that works?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Yes.: Early on in an outbreak, antiviral medications work well to make the symptoms go away sooner, and when given during the first outbreak of genital herpes, it can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Please see your primary doc asap if you think you might be having an outbreak because medications can help!
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Acyclovir etc: The antiviral drug acyclovir, and related drugs (valacyclovir, famciclovir) are highly effective in speeding healing and preventing outbreaks of genital herpes. However, there is no cure.
Answered on Nov 3, 2016

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No: No permanent treatment at this time. There are treatments to limit the outbreaks and risk of spreading the virus.
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