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Herpes & Cold Sores

What To Do When You Have Genital Herpes

By Lizzie De La Cruz
Herpes is an STI that people mention often, but most don’t know a lot about it. While you may be thinking herpes is uncommon, the truth is one in six people have genital herpes, or HSV-2. Herpes is a lot more common than you might think! For those who have genital herpes, there are a few things you can do to manage your symptoms including taking medicines for genital herpes.

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Is it pimples, ingrown hairs, or herpes? Many people mistake genital herpes for straightforward skin conditions which can lead to discomfort and increased risk of transmission. The worst symptoms of herpes typically occur during a person’s first outbreak after infection and tend to include pain with urination and flu-like symptoms (fever, pain in your joints, headaches, and fatigue), along with the characteristic itchy and painful genital blisters. Some people will also get swollen or tender lymph nodes in the leg and groin area. After this initial outbreak, symptoms can subside for months or even years. When they do recur, they are often more mild than the first outbreak.
While there are recognizable symptoms, many people living with herpes will not experience any symptoms at all. If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you could have been exposed to herpes, it is a good idea to be examined by your doctor. While there is no cure for herpes, there are medicines for genital herpes that manage symptoms and reduce the chances of transmission.

Treatments

There are a variety of medicines for genital herpes that can help make your life more comfortable. Antiviral medicines work to prevent or reduce the length of outbreaks. Medication can also lower the chance of spreading the infection to a partner. During an outbreak, there are a few things you can also do to help speed up the healing process and protect others from transmission. Monitor the sores and do your best to keep them clean and dry. Avoid touching them as best you can, no matter how tempting it may be. If you do come in contact with the sores, thoroughly wash your hands. To reduce the risk of transmission, it is not recommended to have sex during an outbreak.

Can I Still Have Sex?

Yes, you can still have sex; however, it is important that you speak with your sexual partners and inform them of your diagnosis. Herpes is an STI that can be transmitted through the skin-to-skin contact that happens during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Using condoms and taking antiviral medication can reduce the chances of transmission, but during outbreaks there is an increased risk of transmission and you should avoid sexual activity during these times. Medicines for genital herpes can help you manage your symptoms and help protect your partners from transmission.

Accessing Medicines for Genital Herpes

There is no shame in having genital herpes, nor is there any shame in accessing medical resources. Medicines for genital herpes will help you manage symptoms and limit the risk of transmitting the infection to partners. Accessing medication for herpes can be challenging for some, but with wisp you can access genital herpes treatments right from your computer. Wisp provides doctor-prescribed antiviral pills and creams to treat and relieve outbreak pain. We also carry antiviral all-natural, over-the-counter herbals that you can get independent of a physician recommendation. If you think you may have genital herpes but just aren’t sure, we also have a symptoms quiz to help you navigate the process. At wisp, we respect your privacy and are here to help you take control of your sexual health in a way that is comfortable for you.

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