Aciclovir 400mg is an antiviral medicine used to treat viral infections. It is most commonly used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes and also used to prevent outbreaks in people who suffer frequently.
Valaciclovir 500mg belongs to a group of medications known as antiviral and can be taken to treat an acute genital herpes outbreak or prevent recurrent outbreaks.
Genital Herpes is known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and it is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Genital Herpes is passed from person to person by sexual contact and causes painful blisters on the genitals and the surrounding area.
There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 and type 2 both of these are highly contagious and can be passed easily by direct contact from one person to another.
The Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2 causes the infection, it is easily be identified by painful blister type sores around the genital and anal areas.
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or HSV-1 is the viral infection which shows as cold sores around the mouth, lips and face.
Although it is considered a milder form the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 can mutate if it is not treated early and will become the genital herpes Herpes Simplex Virus 2.
Genital Herpes Symptoms
Many people who have Genital Herpes may not be aware of the infection and may not show any symptoms when they have been first infected the incubation period can be a week but the symptoms may not appear until months or years after being infected.
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or HSV-1 the most common type which shows as cold sores are itchy painful blisters and are easy to treat once identified.
Genital Herpes Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2 is painful blister type sores around the genital and anal areas , pain when passing urine and can also cause feeling generally unwell together with aches, pains and flu-like symptoms. The symptoms can last for up to twenty days but the sores will scab and heal and will not leave scarring.
This does not mean that the virus has gone completely and it can enter a dormant stage being inactive in a nerve, the dormant virus can reactivate again to cause a further outbreak of the virus.
Genital Herpes how do you get it
Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection which is passed from person to person through unprotected sexual contact. The virus can be passed on to by an infected person through direct skin contact kissing or having oral sex.
Genital Herpes treatment
If unsure or worried about this or another condition medical advice should be sought as soon as possible as the symptoms can usually be controlled using antiviral medicines.