How do I get rid of herpes?
There is no cure for herpes, but there are treatments that can help prevent outbreaks or make them less severe. Treatment can also make it less likely you will spread the disease to your sexual partner.
What is the treatment?
Your doctor will prescribe an antiviral drug to treat your outbreak. Your doctor may recommend that you take a daily antiviral dose to suppress the herpes virus and prevent recurrence of outbreaks, as well as make you less likely to spread the virus to your sexual partner.
Most people who have contracted one sexually transmitted disease have another STD. Your doctor will likely recommend that you be tested for other diseases you may have acquired. Your doctor will also recommend that your sexual partners get tested for sexually transmitted infections as well.
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