A 76-year-old male asked:
best treatment for genital herpes?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered
52 years experience Infectious Disease
It depends...: ...on initial infection or recurrent outbreaks, treatment goals, and other factors. For longstanding infection, valacyclovir or acyclovir by mouth are effective in reducing frequency and severity of outbreaks. Valacyclovir reduces risk of sexual transmission to partners; acyclovir hasn't been studied. Topic treatment (creams, ointments) don't work well. Nothing else works (see comment to follow).
Answered on Jan 26, 2020
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