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Genital herpes is usually a sexually transmitted infection. Many people infected with this virus never have symptoms, but can still pass on the infection to others. Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals (penis in men, vulva and vagina in women) and surrounding area of skin. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus. The buttocks and anus may also be affected.

The first episode of symptoms can last 2-3 weeks but may be shorter. Recurrent episodes of symptoms then develop in some cases from time to time but are usually less severe than the first episode. Antiviral medication can ease symptoms when they develop.

Please visit the following site for further information regarding the condition:


Common Symptoms

Common Symptoms

  • Localised itching and tingling
  • Redness
  • Formation of blisters
Common Treatments

Possible treatments we prescribe if clinically appropriate:

  • Aciclovir 200mg one tablet five times per day - five day course £1.70
  • Valaciclovir 500mg two times per day - five day course £4.07

Prices shown are cost price of the medication, taken from the British National Formulary 2016, and are given as a guideline. Pharmacies will add on a dispensing fee to this which will vary considerably, so it is worthwhile phoning around to compare prices.

Please visit the following sites for further information regarding the medication:

Aciclovir - medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/18026

Valaciclovir - medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/22671

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