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Genital herpes is a lifelong condition with no cure. However, there are medications that you can take to treat the symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of future outbreaks. Early treatment of the initial infection and future recurrences is important to decrease the chance of passing the infection to others and reduce the risk of complications in yourself.

Treatment involves:


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Genital herpes. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated August 22, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

Genital herpes—CDC fact sheet (detailed). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated November 17, 2015. Accessed June 6, 2016.

Last reviewed June 2016 by James Cornell, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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