Understanding Genital Herpes
- HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores.
- HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.
Reduce Your Risk of Spreading Herpes
- Avoid touching the infected area during an outbreak, and wash your hands after contact with that area.
- Do not have sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) from the time of your first genital symptoms until your symptoms are completely gone.
Recurrence of Herpes Outbreaks
Coping With Herpes
- Acyclovir (Zovirax)
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)