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How long does an outbreak of genital herpes last?

An outbreak of genital herpes usually goes away on its own in about one week. Taken early, antiviral medications can help heal sores in a shorter amount of time. For people who experience frequent outbreaks or who have more severe symptoms, suppressive therapy may also be an option. While most antiviral medications for genital herpes are taken at the first sign of symptoms, suppressive therapy involves taking the medication daily to lessen outbreaks.

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