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What Works For Herpes

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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...others. Once-daily valacyclovir is approved for persons without HIV who have up to 9 outbreaks a year. However, once-daily therapy is less effective in people with HIV and others with very frequent episodes. Drug companies are working on vaccines to prevent HSV. One vaccine showed good results against HSV2 in women, but not in men. No vaccines have been approved yet to prevent HSV infection, but research is ongoing in this area. The...
Ask the Experts

HIV and Gential Herpes

I have HIV and I am experiencing very frequent herpes outbreaks, its almost like I have continuous outbreaks. My Viral Load is 10,000 and my CD4 count is 600. Is it advisable to start taking ARVs?
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...load.It is possible to suppress herpes with medications such as acyclovir (zovirax) or valacyclovir (valtrex). If thatv does not work, then improving your immune system by starting ARVs may also be an option.Joe Read more »

Flu shot and blood work

I just found out that you should not have your blood work done for CD4 count and viral load within four weeks of getting your annual flu shot. Since I had my blood work done about six days after having the flu shot, I had a blip on my viral load...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...You are right in that it is not recommended to have a viral load test during an intercurrent illness (e.g. Herpes flare) or just after receiving a vaccination (e.g influenza vaccine or Hepatitis B vaccine). Read more »

Immune to herpes medizine?

Hi guys! Hope someone can help me out here. Iv'e got Herpes simplex, in the genital area. My doctors have been trying to cure it but with no luck. I have been on Zovirax (acyclovir),Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Famvir (famciclovir) and have...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Sometimes if you go off all meds for a while older meds will work again for herpes. You don't mention what your HIV situation is. If you have a low CD4 count, more effective HIV treatment could Read more »

Acyclovir resistant herpes!!

I have acyclovir resistant herpes according to my physician, so he prescribed me Valtrex 1000mg twice a day for 30 days. Is this appropriate treatment? My insurance company will only pay for 14 days!
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...If your herpes is found during testing to be resistant to acyclovir, Valtrex will not work. Valtrex is a pro-drug of acyclovir - meaning it gets converted to acyclovir in the body. Other choices include foscarnet (intravenous) Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, however, genital herpes outbreaks can be unusually severe and long lasting. Occasionally, people with... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...valacyclovir. Both famciclovir and valacyclovir are taken three times each day, compared to five times for acyclovir. All of these drugs work best when they are started within the first three days after the shingles pain begins. Nerve blockers:... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Herpes Drug May Help Control AIDS Virus, generic treatment used against herpes can also lower HIV viral load, researchers reported Wednesday. However, acyclovir works against HIV only in tissues that are also infected with herpes. The findings could help explain why some studies... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...regulate your cycles. Birth control pills interact with many HIV drugs. Some interactions can cause the birth control pill to stop working and increase your risk for pregnancy. Others can cause decreased levels of HIV drugs and put you at risk... Read more »
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Living with HIV and Herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Hey I want to hear from anyone thats living with HIV and Herpes how they have coped with the 2 and whether there is any link to Herpes increasing the rapid progression of HIV? Read more »

Oral sex, OCD, and herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...peace. Well anyways six months now I still worry that she gave me genital herpes. I have not had a breakout and everything is working alright but Im still a little uneasy. Can you all help please? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...immunity to STDs Several natural skin anti-irritants to prevent irritation to the vaginal lining How does Freedom Lubricant work? The active ingredients in Fix-It prevent virus transmission in several ways. Some directly kill viruses, some... Read more »

Herpes question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Can u catch a different strain of herpes from someone if you yourself had herpes for 10+ years but had an unprotected exposure with someone who just recently got it from Read more »