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Sep 9, 2006

Why is the antiviral Valtrex useful to treat the Herpes virus but not useful against the HIV virus?

Response from Dr. Young

This one's unfortunately, easy.

Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is a herpses simplex virus medication (HSV) that is only active against viruses in the herpes family (HSV1, HSV2 and cytomegalovirus).

Herpses simplex virus is an entirely different virus than HIV. Medications that treat HSV simply don't work against HIV and vice versa. BY

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