What is Herpes?
Herpes is a highly contagious virus that presents as sores and blisters around the mouth or genitals during outbreaks. Herpes is very common among men and women older than 14 years old.
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The herpes virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. Kissing or touching is the main cause of HSV-1 transmission, while sexual contact is the main transmitter of HSV-2.
Herpes simplex 1, also known as HSV-1, causes sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by herpes simplex 2 or HSV-2. In HSV-2, the infected person may have sores around the genitals or rectum.
Sores caused by either herpes virus may burn, tingle, and become painful when you eat or drink.
While there are no known cures, antiviral medications for herpes can prevent or shorten outbreaks during the time a person takes the medication. Daily use of antiviral medication for herpes can also reduce the likelihood of transmission to partners.
How menMD can help
menMD offers prescription Valacyclovir, also sold under the brand name Valtrex®. It is clinically tested and FDA-approved for the treatment of herpes by slowing down the growth of herpes within the body. Talk with your doctor to see if Valacyclovir is right for you.
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