What Should I Do If I Have Genital Herpes?
If you think you have genital herpes, you should do the following:
- See your healthcare provider for testing and treatment right away.
- Follow your healthcare provider's orders, and finish all the medicine that you are given. Even if the symptoms go away, you still need to finish all of the medicine.
- Avoid any sexual activity while you are being treated for genital herpes and while you have any symptoms of an outbreak.
- Be sure to tell your sexual partners so that they can be tested and treated, if necessary.
- Remember that genital herpes is a lifelong disease. Even though you may have long periods with no symptoms, you can still pass the virus to another person. Talk with your healthcare provider about what you can do to have fewer future outbreaks and how to prevent passing the virus to another person.
There is growing evidence that people with genital herpes are at greater risk of getting HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) if they have unprotected sex with someone infected with HIV. People with HIV who are also infected with genital herpes may have more frequent and severe outbreaks, and their episodes may be more difficult to treat.