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Try not to touch the wounds, and if you do, wash your hands to prevent the spread of infection. This is because genital herpes can be a more serious condition in people with HIV. If you have HIV and genital herpes you will be referred to a GUM specialist. If you have HIV and genital herpes you will be referred to a GUM specialist. If you are experiencing recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes you should also consider being tested for HIV. If you are experiencing recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes you should also consider being tested for HIV. Suppressive treatment may be restarted if you have further severe outbreaks.

Episodes of recurrent genital herpes usually become less frequent and less severe after around two years. Your GP may refer you for specialist advice if you are concerned about transmitting the virus to your partner. In this instance, it is likely you will need to take aciclovir twice a day for six to 12 months. If you have more than six recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes in a year, or if your symptoms are particularly severe and causing you distress, you may need to take aciclovir every day as part of a long-term treatment plan. Avoid wearing tight clothing because it may irritate the blisters and ulcers. Passing urine while sitting in a bath or while pouring water over your genitals may also help. This will make passing urine less painful.


This will make passing urine less painful. Apply petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, or an anaesthetic (painkilling) cream, such as 5% lidocaine, to any blisters or ulcers to reduce the pain when you pass urine. Apply petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, or an anaesthetic (painkilling) cream, such as 5% lidocaine, to any blisters or ulcers to reduce the pain when you pass urine. Apply petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, or an anaesthetic (painkilling) cream, such as 5% lidocaine, to any blisters or ulcers to reduce the pain when you pass urine. Valtrex, which achieves blood levels of acyclovirFOUR HUNDRED PERCENT GREATER than generic acyclovir or Zovirax, has been a tremendous addition to the armamentarium of treating herpes outbreaks and preventing disease from recurring. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a flannel, or cold, wet, tea bags on the sores to help soothe pain and speed up the healing process. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a flannel, or cold, wet, tea bags on the sores to help soothe pain and speed up the healing process.

Apply an ice pack wrapped in a flannel, or cold, wet, tea bags on the sores to help soothe pain and speed up the healing process. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a flannel, or cold, wet, tea bags on the sores to help soothe pain and speed up the healing process. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a flannel, or cold, wet, tea bags on the sores to help soothe pain and speed up the healing process. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a flannel, or cold, wet, tea bags on the sores to help soothe pain and speed up the healing process. It will also stop affected areas from sticking together. Keep the affected area clean using either plain or salt water. Keep the affected area clean using either plain or salt water.

You should visit your GP if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes before and are experiencing a recurrent outbreak. You should visit your GP if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes before and are experiencing a recurrent outbreak. You should visit your GP if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes before and are experiencing a recurrent outbreak. You should visit your GP if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes before and are experiencing a recurrent outbreak. You should visit your GP if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes before and are experiencing a recurrent outbreak. For more information, see the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine or read our medicines information page. For more information, see the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine or read our medicines information page.

Other antiviral medications that may be used to treat genital herpes include famciclovir and valaciclovir. Aciclovir can cause some side effects, including being sick and headaches. Aciclovir can cause some side effects, including being sick and headaches. You will need to take a course of aciclovir for at least five days, or longer if you still have new blisters and open sores forming on your genital area when your treatment begins. You will need to take a course of aciclovir for at least five days, or longer if you still have new blisters and open sores forming on your genital area when your treatment begins. You will need to take a course of aciclovir for at least five days, or longer if you still have new blisters and open sores forming on your genital area when your treatment begins.