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How do medications treat genital herpes?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There is no cure for genital herpes. The infection is the result of a virus, herpes simplex type 2, which remains in the body even when there is no outbreak on the skin. However, antiviral medications can help to ease and manage symptoms of the infection, and they may help your blisters and sores heal in a shorter amount of time. They also lessen the chance of your passing on the disease.

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