There is currently no cure for herpes. Herpes is a viral infection that can be caused by either herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Once a person is infected with herpes, the virus remains in the body for life and can cause outbreaks of symptoms from time to time.
While there is no cure for herpes, there are medications that can help to manage symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Antiviral medications such as acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir can be used to treat outbreaks and to reduce the likelihood of future outbreaks. In addition, practicing safe sex, including using condoms and avoiding sexual contact during outbreaks, can help to reduce the risk of transmitting herpes to sexual partners.