Genital herpes is estimated to infect about 20 percent of the population, with many not really knowing they have been infected by the virus. It caused by one the herpes simplex viruses that also cause fever blisters, typically around the mouth as well as shingles and chicken pos, which are caused by the herpes zoster virus. Many patients diagnosed with genital herpes are advised to refrain from intimate, skin-to-skin contact resulting in the loss of their sexual life.
There is no known cure for the different types of herpes virus, however valacyclovir HCL, under the trade name of Valtrex has proven to be an effective aid in reducing the number of outbreaks of genital herpes and can help slow the spread of the virus. However, patients with genital herpes are advised against having unprotected sex even when taking Valtrex. While the drug may reduce to spread of the virus, sexual activity should not be practiced during an outbreak or if the patient believes an outbreak is about to occur.
Valtrex is also used to treat other forms of herpes and when prescribed for cold sores or shingles it should not exceed two doses, 12 hours apart. Additional treatment may be necessary but will need to be determined by the attending physician.
Sexual Life Does Not Have To End With Herpes
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