Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease that affects both men and women. Features of genital herpes include pain, itching and sores in your genital area. Genital herpes is caused by a virus called herpes simplex.
There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission.
Genital herpes treatment includes oral prescription antiviral medications, such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex).
Z-Pak contains the antibiotic Azithromycin and is used to treat bacterial infections. It is ineffective in treating genital herpes because genital herpes is caused by a virus and not a bacteria.
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