Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a viral infection that spreads through sexual transmission causing blisters on the genitals and surrounding areas when it flares. It is a highly contagious virus with two strains; herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2.  The blisters will appear periodically but can be triggered when a patient is run down or unwell.

Once contracted the infection can live in the nerves and at present does not have a cure. These sores can appear around the mouth, vagina, penis, anus or the surrounding areas. A consultation with the team at MedsNow will allow you to get a prescription for the appropriate treatment to treat genital herpes.  

Lifelong 13.2% 6 out of 10
Is the current diagnosis rate of people who are the carriers of genital herpes infection virus. of the world's population (491.5 million approx.) between 15-49 years was living with HSV-2 in 2016. of the world’s population under 49 living with HSV1.


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Aciclovir 400mg

Aciclovir is a medication that helps alleviate the pain and speed up the healing of blisters or sores for people suffering from cold sores and genital herpes. Aciclovir is recommended for first-time as well as repeat outbreaks of genital herpes.

Valtrex 500mg (Valacyclovir)

Valtrex is an antiviral medicine containing valaciclovir used to treat genital herpes. This medicine works to stop the reproduction of the virus. It is recommended to take Valtrex as soon as the first symptoms appear, to stop the infection from spreading.


Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. The two primary types of these viruses are type 1 and type 2, both of which circulate from the infected person to their healthy partner via close skin-to-skin contact, especially during sexual intercourse.

 Many people develop HSV-1 during their childhood in the form of cold sores which can lead to more complications as they get older. HSV1, i.e. herpes type 1 virus causes blisters in the mouth due to oral sex whereas the type 2 virus forms blisters and sores on the skin of the genitals or anus due to vaginal, anal, or oral sex with the sufferer. Since there is no cure for the virus to be eliminated from the body, it remains dormant in the patient's body for years with recurring episodes of sores and blisters that need managing with the help of medication. 

The herpes virus stays in the body, and in some cases does not cause any outbreaks or visible symptoms. A large proportion of people carry the herpes simplex virus, with no knowledge of its existence in their bodies due to no sores. Due to this absence of symptoms and its subsequent lack of treatment, it poses a risk to the healthy partner of contracting it during sexual intercourse. It enters the body via contact with the mouth and genitals and spreads through the infected bodily fluids such as saliva, semen, and vaginal secretions. 

While in most cases the virus remains dormant in the body with no visible outbreak of its symptoms, there are cases where it starts to cause sores and painful blisters within 2 to 12 days in any region that has come into direct contact with it. Some of the prominent signs of genital herpes include:

  • Fluid-filled itchy sores in the genital areas
  • Tiny red and white bumps and blisters on the infected skin
  • Painful urination
  • Changing vaginal discharge

Since sores and blisters may not always mean a herpes infection, it is crucial to get yourself diagnosed before beginning any treatment for the symptoms. Schedule an appointment with the nearest sexual health clinic if you notice any visible signs of the virus. A swab test will help professionals check for the virus in your body. 

Although the herpes virus cannot be cured entirely, medicines can help minimise the effects of its symptoms. The medications for genital herpes that you can order online with MedsNow include:

Protected and safe sex is the ideal prevention measure to avoid contracting any sexually transmitted infections. Using a condom will hopefully give you the best chance of protection. Abstain from sex and get medical attention immediately if you notice any signs of the outbreaks on yourself or your partner. Avoid sharing sex toys with anyone else to reduce the risk of transmission.

1. What triggers genital herpes?

Although it is not clear what causes the virus outbreak from time to time, some factors have come to light. For instance menstruation, fatigue, stress and illness could trigger genital herpes flares.

2. What is the appearance of genital herpes?

The infection looks like small sores or pimples filled with fluid. These blisters burst and form a yellowish crust as they heal.

3. Can you get genital herpes without being sexually active?

No, since sexual transmission is the most eminent cause of the virus spread, you are not at risk if you are not sexually active.

4. How long is herpes contagious?

It remains contagious even when the symptoms are not visible, or the virus is dormant in the body. So extra precautions are essential when trying to minimise the risks of transmission with this infection even if your partner's or your skin appears clear.

5. Can shaving cause herpes outbreak?

The shaving part does not cause any triggers. The regrowth of hair after a shave can trigger the outbreak of the virus.

6. What are the chances of passing herpes without any effect on the skin?

Carriers of HSV can still transmit the virus even if they have no visible signs and symptoms on the skin/genitals. Transmission is more probable when sores and blisters are present, but it remains possible even when the skin is clear.

7. Can you be immune to herpes?

No, guaranteeing immunity to herpes is not possible. Current research shows that every sexually active individual is at risk of this common infection.

8. What organs are affected by herpes?

Apart from the sex organs, herpes can also cause blisters on the tongue, mouth, eye, gums, lips, fingers and other parts of the body.

9. Is it safe to swim in a pool with someone who has herpes?

Yes, since genital herpes spreads mainly due to sexual contact, it is unlikely that you will catch the virus while being in a pool with an infected person.

10. What happens if you pop herpes sores?

Popping herpes sore or blister will firstly make them a lot more uncomfortable, but will also possibly risk the virus being spread more.

11. Do herpes outbreaks always occur in the same spot?

While the general area of the outbreaks remains the same, it can spread to different patches in the same region. For instance, in the case of the mouth, your tongue, gums, etc..., might be affected as well.

12. Does herpes make you tired?

The first encounter with the virus might lead to flu-like symptoms or a high running fever leading to tiredness and fatigue.

13. Can herpes be transmitted to other parts of my body?

Yes, if you touch the sores and directly touch other parts of the body, it can spread the virus to other parts of your body.

14. Can herpes live on towels?

No, the virus cannot spread from an infected person to a healthy one via towels, toilets or other objects.

15. Do genital herpes and HIV have a link?

An infection of genital herpes can raise your chances of getting infected with HIV since it affects the immune system drastically.

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