Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Genital Herpes
After the initial infection, herpes virus lies dormant in the body and can reactivate several times a year.
Clinical Pearl of the Day: Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
- Sexual contact is the primary way that HSV spreads.
- After the initial infection, HSV lies dormant in the body and can reactivate several times a year.
- GSV can cause pain, itching, and sores in the genital area.
- There's no cure for GSV, but medications can ease the symptoms and reduce the risk of infecting others.
- Condoms also can help prevent the spread of a GSV infection.
- Symptoms include pain or itching, small red bumps, or tiny white blisters, ulcers, and scabs.
- Causes may include HSV-1 and HSV-2.
- Risk factors may include being a woman and having multiple partners.
- Treatments include acyclovir (Zovirax) and valacyclovir (Valtrex).