Frequently Asked Questions
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is spread by vaginal, anal and oral sex. Herpes sores typically appear as blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters then break and can leave painful sores that may a few days to heal. This is sometimes caused “an outbreak” and can be precipitated by stress or other illness.
Genital Herpes can be effectively treated with antiviral tablets which are usually used in short 3 day courses. The tablets are taken evenly spaced out throughout the day and only when you experience flare ups.
Genital herpes antiviral tablets are usually quite well tolerated. However like with any prescription treatment, there is a chance of suffering side effects. The most common side effects tend to be gastrointestinal disturbances such as stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Our GPs will ensure this medication is safe for you to take. If you take any other medication, our doctors will make sure it is safe for you to take alongside the genital herpes tablets.