Genital Herpes Treatment and Care
There is no cure for genital herpes. Medicine can reduce symptoms and the chance of spreading it to others.
Is there a cure or treatment for genital herpes?
There is no cure for genital herpes. However, daily use of antiviral medicines can prevent or shorten outbreaks. Antiviral medicines also can reduce the chance of spreading it to others.
Though several clinical trials have tested vaccines against genital herpes, there is no vaccine currently available to prevent infection. One vaccine trial showed efficacy among women whose partners had HSV-2, but only among women not infected with HSV-1. Efficacy was not observed among men whose partners had HSV-2. Another trial testing the same vaccine showed some protection from genital HSV-1 infection, but none from HSV-2.
Treatment Guidelines and Updates
- 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines – Genital HSV Infections (July 22 , 2021)
Resources for Clinicians
- Herpes Simplex Self-Study Moduleexternal icon – An online learning experience that helps users learn how to manage herpes. Free CME/CNE available. (October 5, 2021)