Is herpes curable?
There is no cure for herpes, but the infection can be managed. Antiviral medications taken during outbreaks can make them shorter and less severe.
Taking an antiviral medication every day (known as suppressive therapy) reduces the risk of giving herpes to someone else. It also can reduce the number of outbreaks. In some cases, suppressive therapy can prevent outbreaks for a long time.
See Genital Herpes to learn more.
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Published: October 2020
Last reviewed: October 2020
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