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Genital Herpes (cont.)

Genital Herpes Prognosis

Treatment of genital herpes does not cure the disease. The virus usually lives (in an inactive form) in an infected person throughout their lifetime. Most people (85%) with genital herpes will have recurring outbreaks - sometimes 6 to 10 a year. Recurrences are likely to have less severe symptoms and sores usually last a shorter period of time.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

REFERENCES:

ACOG Committee on Practice Bulletins--Gynecology. ACOG practice bulletin: Clinical management guidelines for obstetrician-gynecologists, number 57, November 2004. Gynecologic herpes simplex virus infections. Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Nov;104(5 Pt 1):1111-8.

CDC.gov. Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet.

CDC.gov. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2010. Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers.

Gupta, R, Warren, T, Wald, A. Genital herpes. Lancet 2007; 370:2127.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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