Resources www.ashastd.org -- American Social Health Association www.niaid.nih.gov -- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases www.cdc.gov/std/herpes -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.herpes-foundation.org -- American Herpes Foundation www.herpesalliance.org -- International Herpes Alliance www.gotherpes.com -- Herpes support site www.niaid.nih.gov/dmid/stds/herpevac -- Herpevac (herpes vaccine) clinical trial information
<p><strong>What Is Genital Herpes?</strong></p>
<p>Genital herpes is a viral infection characterized by outbreaks of painful sores on the genitals. Most often it spreads through sexual contact. Once infected, a person carries the virus permanently in a latent form in the nerve cells; there is no cure. An initial attack and any recurrences generally last from one to three weeks, after which the infection may go into remission for months or years. Subsequent attacks tend to be less severe, and in about one-third of cases, permanent remission follows the initial outbreak.</p>
<p>Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms. In about one third of those who develop clinical symptoms, permanent remission occurs after the initial attack, most likely due to the ability of the body’s immune system to contain the virus. The remaining two thirds of people with symptoms will suffer additional outbreaks at unpredictable intervals. The first...
Herpes medications are generally safe, whether you are
taking herpes antiviral medication to treat an outbreak or you're taking daily
But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side
effects. Here's what you need to know about Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir. You should know the difference between these different herpes medicines
so you can make the best decision for you and minimize any side effects.
Here's what you need to know:
The major drugs that doctors use to treat the herpes simplex
virus (HSV) are antiviral agents called nucleosides and nucleotide analogues.
They work by blocking reproduction of the herpes simplex virus. These drugs are
acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir. These drugs are oral medications. There
are other antiviral similar to these drugs that are available in topical and
intravenous formulations, but they are generally used to treat different
Acyclovir, Valacyclovir and famcyclovir can lessen t...
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