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Macon, GA
A 20-year-old male asked:

Can herpes be cured?

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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.

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

Can a person cure there herpes?

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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?

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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.
Nigeria
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.

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