How to Diagnose and Treat Genital Herpes?

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Diagnosis Genital herpes usually can be diagnosed based on a phsical exam and the results of certain lab tests:
  • Viral culture.
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
  • Blood test.
Treatment Antiviral medications may be used to treat genital herpes include:
  • Acyclovir (Zovirax)
  • Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
These medications cannot cure genital herpes, but they help to:
  • Heal sores sooner during an initial outbreak
  • Lessen the severity and duration of symptoms in recurrent outbreaks
  • Reduce the frequency of recurrence
  • Minimize the chance of transmitting the herpes virus to another