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).

Insight:

  • 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).

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