How Easy Is It to Get Herpes? Topic Guide

How Easy Is It to Get Herpes? How Easy Is It to Get Herpes?: Herpes is most easily spread when you have blisters and open sores on your body, though it is also possible to spread the virus when you have no symptoms. Herpes, both genital and oral, is spread from skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. This includes vaginal, anal, and oral sexual contact. Aside from total abstinence, practicing safe sex is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus.

How Easy Is It to Get Herpes? Topic Guide - Visuals

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How Easy Is It to Get Herpes? Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

docosanol topical Docosanol Topical

Docosanol topical (for the skin) is used to treat cold sores on the face and lips...learn more »

valacyclovir Valacyclovir

Valacyclovir is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat or prevent herpes virus episodes, including genital herpes or shingles (herpes zoster) in adults....learn more »

famciclovir Famciclovir

Famciclovir is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles.

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acyclovir (injection) Acyclovir (injection)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus in the body. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the sympto...learn more »