Genital herpes treatment
Genital herpes treatment
Ages 18-64
Visit type
This is right for you if
You’ve been diagnosed with genital herpes
You’re having an outbreak or want to prevent future outbreaks
You don’t have kidney problems like abnormal kidney function
You don’t have a seizure disorder
You’re not pregnant

What's included

Personalized treatment plans may include a prescription for antiviral medication that can help speed up recovery from a genital herpes outbreak. You can message your clinician with follow-up questions for 14 days after you get your treatment plan.

If you need treatment for an additional health condition, you’ll need to start a separate visit.
Commonly prescribed medications*
  • Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
*Note: You can fill prescriptions at any pharmacy. Links are for informational purposes only.
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This chart is for informational purposes only. Your clinician will determine treatment plans, prescriptions, and number of refills (if any) based on your symptoms and health history. Refill estimates are based on a 30-day supply of medication.
Genital herpes treatment isn’t available at SteadyMD at this time. HealthTap has licensed clinicians (like MDs, DOs, and NPs). At HealthTap, the typical number of refills per visit for a current outbreak is 5 and the typical number of refills per visit for preventative treatment is 5. Business hours for HealthTap are 8 AM to 10 PM ET, 7 days a week. Responses outside these hours may be delayed.

What you’ll need

A prior diagnosis of genital herpes by a licensed healthcare provider
5-10 minutes to answer questions about your symptoms and health history
A photo ID, like a driver's license or passport, if your clinician needs to verify your identity

How it works

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Answer some questions
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Clinician reviews your info
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Get treatment plan
You can message your clinician with follow-up questions for 14 days after you get your treatment plan.
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You should know
Based on your health information, your clinician may recommend that you see a healthcare provider in person. If that happens, you’ll still be charged for your visit. Amazon Clinic doesn’t accept insurance at this time, and isn’t intended for beneficiaries of government payor programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Frequently asked questions

What medications can I get?
Your clinician can prescribe an oral antiviral medication like valacyclovir (Valtrex), famciclovir (Famvir), or acyclovir (Zovirax). The duration of treatment depends on whether you have an active outbreak or you want to prevent future outbreaks.

Genital herpes medications work best when taken within 3 days of symptoms starting.

Please note: This information is for general reference only. Your clinician will review your symptoms and health history to determine which (if any) treatments are medically necessary.
How can I prevent genital herpes outbreaks?
The treatment to prevent future outbreaks is daily antiviral medication. If you experience more than 6 outbreaks per year, you might be a candidate for daily treatment.

The treatment for an active infection is a short course of antiviral medication. When taken at the start of an outbreak, antiviral meds can reduce the severity of symptoms, shorten an outbreak, and lower the risk of spreading genital herpes.
How can I avoid giving genital herpes to anyone else?
The most effective way to prevent the spread of genital herpes is to abstain from sexual activity. If you choose to be sexually active, make sure sexual contact includes a latex barrier like a condom or a dental dam.

Your body can transmit the virus even when you're not having an outbreak. This is called "shedding." Your body sheds more virus during an outbreak, so it's best to avoid sexual contact at that time.

If your sexual partner doesn't have genital herpes, taking daily antiviral medicine can prevent giving herpes to your partner, even if you don’t have symptoms.