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.
- Q If I have a genital herpes outbreak, how long is it contagious?
- Q Where will sores develop if I have genital herpes?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with genital herpes?
- Q How does having genital herpes affect my relationships?
- Q How do I tell a new partner I have genital herpes?
- Q Can genital herpes spread to other parts of the body?