Treatment Options

Genital herpes is detected by either a viral culture or from a blood test. A viral culture is taken directly from a lesion (sore) to detect the HSV-2 virus. The possibility of a false negative result is a drawback to a viral culture. There are many different types of blood tests available, and some are more reliable than others, so asking your doctor and doing research is advisable. According to the American Social Health Association, the two most accurate blood tests are Herpes elect ELISA Kits, and the Herpes elect Immunobot Kit, both manufactured by Focus Technologies.

There is no cure for genital herpes, but medicines can help. Acyclovir (brand name: Zovirax) can speed healing and reduce pain for many. Acyclovir pills can also stop or reduce the number of recurrences, while the cream form can be put on sores to speed healing. Famciclovir (brand name: Famvir) is used to treat shingles (herpes zoster) and genital herpes (HVS-2). I reduces itching and pain, helps to heal sores, and helps prevent new sores from appearing. Val acyclovir (brand name: Valtrex) also is used to treat herpes zoster and HVS-2, reducing pain and itching, helps to heal sores and prevents new sores from forming.

Treatment Options

Acyclovir (Zovirax) is an antiviral medication used in both cream and pill form. Your doctor should know about your allergies, pregnancy and breast feeding status, other medications you take, and any other medical problems that exist, such as HIV infection, immune system problems, and kidney problems. Women should have yearly pap smears as a greater risk of cervical cancer exists with genital herpes. Possible side effects

Include: burning, stinging, rash, headache, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools.

Call your doctor if these effects are severe or persistent. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms: severe rash, severe itching, fever, confusion, yellowness of skin or eyes, blood in the urine, or stomach pain.

Famciclovir (Famvir) is an oral tablet. Your doctor should know about your allergies, what prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking (especially digoxin (Lanoxin), probenecid (Benemid), and vitamins), pregnancy and breast feeding status and plans, kidney, liver, and immune system problems, and HIV infection status. Side effects are not common but you should tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or persistent: headache, upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea or loose stools.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience rash and/or itching. Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is also an oral tablet. Your doctor should know about your allergies, prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking (especially cimetidine (Tagamet), probenecid (Benemid), and vitamins), pregnancy and breast feeding status and plans, kidney, liver, and immune system problems, and HIV infection status.

Side effects are not common but you should tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or persistent: headache, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea or loose stool, or constipation. Call your doctor immediately if you experience rash, itching, confusion, yellowness of skin or eyes, fever, or blood in the urine.

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