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How can suppressive therapy help treat genital herpes?

If you suffer from recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes, taking medicine to suppress these outbreaks can reduce how often this happens to you. Many people with genital herpes stop having outbreaks altogether while on suppressive therapy. The medicine can't completely clear the herpes virus from your body, but it is able to suppress the virus so much that you will experience the symptoms of infection much less often.

Once someone contracts the virus that causes genital herpes, the virus remains in the body and symptoms may reoccur from time to time. Interestingly, many people with the virus show no symptoms, so they may not even know they have it. Other people may only experience one outbreak or go years before they experience another bout of symptoms. For people who experience more frequent outbreaks, however, suppressive therapy may be an option. By taking antiviral medication on a daily basis, many people can reduce the frequency of their outbreaks as well as the severity of their symptoms.

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