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best treatment for genital herpes?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
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Many other treatments are advertised on the web, at pharmacies, and elsewhere, but none work. Don't waste money on over-the-counter creams or ointments, such as docosanol (Abreva) or lysine.
Jan 26, 2020

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