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Does Genital Herpes
Medication Really Work?

By Lizzie De La Cruz
October 18, 2021

Amongst the most common STDs in the world today, genital herpes affects a large number of people, and while it cannot be cured, there are genital herpes medication options available in order to treat outbreaks, either during them or before they even break out.

Genital herpes is so common because they are one of the easier STDs to spread through the general public, and often doesn't show symptoms, even years after initial infection by a partner. The first outbreak can be very painful, and most won’t get tested until they have had the first signs of the STD through a breakout on their genitals. Genital herpes can be spread even when an outbreak isn’t occurring, so it is best to inform your partner before sexual intercourse of the risks. But, once you have been diagnosed with genital herpes, what can you do about it?

There are many genital herpes medications on the market today that are approved by the FDA, but many people, after getting the diagnosis and trying the medication, may have mixed results, so do herpes medications really work?

At Wisp we have available several types of FDA-approved medications, whether you want to be able to manage the symptoms when outbreaks occur or try to prevent outbreaks before they happen. Several options are available, so if you don’t have success with one, you can try another. Most genital herpes medications have limited side effects, so it is always worth a shot if it can mean you can prevent the pain from an outbreak.

Types of Treatment Plans Using Genital Herpes Medications

When treating genital herpes, it is always recommended you get the professional opinion of a doctor so that they can help you work out a treatment regime that works best for your lifestyle. Acyclovir and valacyclovir are some of the best options to choose when it comes to antiviral medication for genital herpes outbreaks. There are two types of treatment plans your doctor will recommend with these antivirals: suppressive and episodic.

Suppressive regimes include taking an antiviral pill every day, this will reduce the risk of an outbreak by up to 70-80%, and it will reduce the chance of spreading genital herpes to less than 1%. An added benefit is that there is minimal likelihood of a resistance being built up.

Episodic regimens are those where you take a medication the moment you can tell an outbreak is about to occur. This isn’t for preventing the outbreak, but instead managing it and minimizing the amount of time it takes to clear up. This method does not reduce the likelihood of an outbreak, nor does it minimize the spread chances.

Where Can I Get This Medication?

There are over-the-counter options available for genital herpes medications, but these are often tropical creams that can reduce the likelihood of an outbreak, or just reduce the pain. They are not as effective as the antiviral prescription medications but can be used in conjecture with them.

In the end, what works for you may not work for others; however, your best chance at controlling your herpes outbreaks is to try out genital herpes medications in the form of antiviral capsules or topical creams. If you are looking for a judgment-free source of genital herpes medication, contact us at Wisp today to talk with one of our doctors and get your treatment started today.

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