It is surprising that your doctor is unfamiliar with HSV-2 because genital herpes is very common. One out of five woman between the ages of 14 and 49 has genital herpes. Men are less likely to be affected (1 out of 9) because the virus is more easily transmitted to a female during sex with an infected male.
Gynecologists are the appropriate doctors to treat genital herpes for a woman. For both sexes STD (sexually transmitted disease) clinics are appropriate. For a man, a urologist, a dermatologist, or an infectious disease doctor would be the appropriate choice to help you with your treatment plan.
Although there is no cure for herpes, treatments can relieve the symptoms. Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can shorten healing time. They can also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Drugs including Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex are among the drugs used to treat the symptoms of herpes. Warm baths may relieve the pain associated with genital sores.
Preventing the spread of genital herpes is extremely important. If you have genital herpes, you can still spread the disease if you have no symptoms. Although daily antiviral medication reduces the risk of spreading genital herpes, it doesn’t totally eliminate the risk. A herpes vaccine is in the works, but unfortunately has not been perfected at this time. That is why practicing safe sex and using a condom are the keys to preventing the spread of genital herpes.
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