The following medicines are licensed, safe and effective genital herpes treatments available in the UK.
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is caused by a virus called Herpes simplex. Most people who get genital herpes get it quite mildly but some will have painful symptoms.
Genital herpes is a chronic (long-term) condition. The virus remains in your body and can become active again. The average rate of recurrence is four to five times in the first two years after being infected. However, over time it tends to become active less frequently and each outbreak becomes less severe.
Medication, education and self-help treatment help to reduce symptoms and limit the number of herpes outbreaks.
Genital Herpes affects 70% of the UK population.
Around 80% of people with genital herpes don’t even know they have it, as there are often no symptoms. However, even without symptoms, it’s possible to pass genital herpes on to a sexual partner because the virus may sometimes be present in your genital area.
Genital herpes is caused by the virus Herpes simplex (HSV). There are two types, HSV-1 and HSV-2. The virus enters the body through small cracks in the skin or through the moist soft lining (mucous membranes) of the mouth, vagina, rectum, urethra (tube where urine comes out) and under the foreskin.
Most people with HSV do not experience any symptoms when first infected. You may have some or all of the following: