U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Macon, GA
A 20-year-old male asked:

Can herpes be cured?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
No: Herpes simplex virus, like all members of this group of viruses, acts like a squatter. Sets up shop in your body and remains there for the rest of your life, although you may never have symptoms.

Similar questions

Bronx, NY
A 21-year-old male asked:

Can a person cure there herpes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Eleanor Host
30 years experience
No cure, can treat: Herpes is a virus that once you have, it can stay hidden in the skin. Your immune system keeps it from multiplying and causing the breakout or sores. When your immune system is weaker, like when it is busy fighting off a cold, the virus comes out to the surface. We do have medication that can help keep the virus from coming out, but there is no cure that will totally wipe it out of your system.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What is herpes?

8 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses.
A 25-year-old male asked about a male:

How can someone cure herpes ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
You can't cure: Herpes simplex infection but it can be treated with antiviral medications.

Related questions

A 31-year-old member asked:
Is there any way to cure a person of herpes?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
I believe I have herpes. What can I do to cure it?
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old male asked:
Do you think there will be a herpes cure in the next 20 years?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 29-year-old female asked:
What are the symptoms of herpes and how long it last? Can it be cured?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 44-year-old member asked:
Cure for herpes?
14 doctor answers26 doctors weighed in
Last updated Oct 9, 2018

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.