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Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. The illness is characterised by blisters and sores around the vagina, penis or anus. No cure for herpes exists but it is treatable.

  1. In 2016, there were 31,000 new cases reported in England
  2. Treatment can help to limit symptoms
  3. Can also help blisters to heal faster

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  1. Antiviral tablet

  2. Prevents symptoms before they can develop

  3. Helps to send virus into remission



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  2. Speeds up the recovery process
  3. Treats recurrent outbreaks


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  2. Tackles symptoms before they develop

  3. Helps to speed up healing process



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  2. Limits spread of symptoms

  3. Only needs to be taken twice a day



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  2. Treats and prevents cold sores
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  1. Antiviral treatment
  2. Treats genital herpes
  3. Effective when used correctly

Herpes is a virus which is transferred through various forms of physical contact. There are two main types: herpes simplex type 1; and herpes simplex type 2. HSV-1 tends to be more associated with oral blisters and cold sores; whereas HSV-2 is more commonly related to genital herpes.

The virus is spread through direct or indirect contact with sores and blisters, meaning that although it is classed as an STI (sexually transmitted infection), it can be passed on to others through alternative means. Oral contact, such as kissing is one of the main causes when it comes to the transmission of cold sores, but sharing eating or drinking implements without proper sanitation can also cause the infection to spread. Genital herpes, however, is much more likely to be passed on through sexual contact. The virus is not usually contagious during periods of remission, and is at its most contagious when it is in an active state.

The virus can affect anyone at any age. It can also be inherited during childbirth. There were around 31,000 new cases of genital herpes diagnosed in 2016 in England.

Currently, there is no cure for herpes, and once it is present, it remains in the body for life. The virus will most typically go through cycles, becoming active during times of stress or illness (these re-emergences are referred to as reactivations or flare-ups) and settling down into remission after a period of days or weeks. Reactivations tend to be less severe or more infrequent as people get older, but they can still prove problematic for those experiencing them.

As the condition cannot be cured, the aim of treatment is to bring about remission faster and ease symptoms. The active ingredients in herpes treatments achieve this by attacking the reproduction process of the virus. To grow and multiply, the herpes virus requires the production of an enzyme, called DNA polymerase. By restricting the conversion of this enzyme, the treatments work to stop the infection spreading. This then enables the body’s immune system to tackle the virus and fight it back to a dormant state.

If you are experiencing herpes symptoms for the first time, it is advisable to see your doctor, or go to your local GUM or sexual health clinic. They will be able to diagnose the condition after examining your symptoms, and start a prescription for the required treatment.

Patients who have taken herpes treatment before can renew their prescription through our secure online platform. Every order for herpes medication made through our site is checked by a practising doctor. Once your prescription request has been approved by them, your order will be dispensed at our UK pharmacy and shipped by next-day courier.

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Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment

Currently, no herpes cure exists.

As it is a virus, treatments for the condition are typically antiviral medicines. This aims to limit the spread of the virus, and prevent reactivations.

Treatments for herpes include Valtrex, Valaciclovir (the generic version of Valtrex), Famvir, Zovirax and Aciclovir (the generic version of Zovirax).

How do they work?

Antiviral medicine encompasses a wide variety of treatments, which work in various different ways. What herpes treatments do is stop the growth of viral cells. They do this by inhibiting the virus’s ability to produce a self-sustaining enzyme, which it needs to multiply. By limiting the virus’s progress, these treatments make it easier for the body’s natural immune system to fight it into remission.

What are the side effects?

As with any medication, treatments for herpes may cause side effects in a small number of cases. These may vary from treatment to treatment, but side effects which are common in many medicines of this kind include headaches, dizziness and diarrhoea.

Can I take them with other medications?

This depends entirely on which other medications you are currently using. A list of those which might interact with these treatments can be found in the patient information leaflet. Always tell your doctor if you are using other medications during consultation, so that they can advise on the best possible course of treatment.

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Question and Answers

What’s the difference between the medications?

Herpes is a virus, so treatments generally contain an antiviral agent, and perform a similar action. The dose prescribed may differ, depending on if the person experiencing symptoms is have their first outbreak, or a recurrence. If someone has a compromised immune system, this may also have a bearing on the dose they are given.

Should I take Aciclovir, Famvir, Valaciclovir, Valtrex or Zovirax?

If you have herpes and are not sure which medication you should use, speak to your GP. They will be able to assess your suitability for treatment based on your medical profile.

If you are renewing your prescription, you should select the treatment you have safely used before and which you know was effective.

Are there different side effects?

Yes. Each medicine contains slightly different ingredients, and each of these may induce varying side effects. You can find a summary of the possible side effects associated with each on the respective pages for each treatment. Alternatively, consult the patient information leaflet to find out more.

Can I continue having sex whilst I’m using herpes treatment?

Sexual contact is not generally recommended while you have active symptoms of herpes. Using a condom does not always cover exposed sores, so you should ideally wait until five days after your symptoms have settled and your skin has healed before having sex. 

Is it right for me?

If you are seeking herpes medicine for the first time and are not sure which to use, contact your GP service or sexual health clinic for an appointment. They will be able to assess your symptoms and initiate a prescription for the most suitable treatment.

To renew your existing herpes prescription online, take our consultation. Once your order has been approved by our doctor, your medicine will be dispensed at our UK-based pharmacy. We’ll ship your medicine in discreet packaging by next-day courier, so in most cases, your order will be with you in one working day.

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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 26 April 2022
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