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Treatment of Genital Herpes

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Genital herpes is a lifelong condition with no cure however, there are medications that you can take to treat the symptoms and prevent future outbreaks. Early treatment is important to decreases the chance of passing the infection to others and reduce the risk of complications.

Treatment involves:

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: David Horn, MD
  • Review Date: 05/2014 -
  • Update Date: 10/16/2014 -
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