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How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Antivirals: Well it depends where your infection is but herpes is treatable with antiviral medication such as acyclovir. It doesn't cure you of the virus, but it does shorten the duration of the attacks.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s).

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