Herpes can affect the sexual health of both men and women.
The infection can cause painful sores, itching and burning.
There is no cure for herpes, but there are medications that can treat the symptoms and improve sexual health.
These medications heal sores, prevent additional outbreaks, and lower the risk of spreading the herpes virus.
Outbreaks can be triggered by several factors, including: • Friction that occurs during sexual intercourse. Very severe infections can be treated with an intravenous form of acyclovir.
Heat and sunlight can aggravate herpes viral infection symptoms and cause an outbreak.
All three of these drugs are taken for 7-10 days after diagnosis.
If the sores have not healed within 10 days, you doctor might choose to keep you on medication for an extended period of time.
These medications typically reduce the severity and duration of symptoms and allow sores to heal quickly.
Doctors prescribe three main drugs to treat herpes viral infections: Zovirax, Famvir, and Valtrex.
Herpes simplex-1 and herpes simplex-2 are contagious sexually transmitted viruses that can cause symptoms in the genitals, face, and mouth.
The viruses are spread via kissing, skin contact, oral sex, vaginal sex, and anal sex.
However, some infected persons never show symptoms.