genital herpes


(generic Valtrex®)

An antiviral medication used to treat genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). 

• Valacyclovir is the generic form of the branded medication Valtrex®
• Treats initial and recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes
• If taken daily, it may reduce the number of outbreaks by 70%–80%
• Decreases the risk of viral transmission to an uninfected partner by about 50% over eight months

Available monthly (starting at $14/mo.) and quarterly (starting at $42/3 mo.)

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How valacyclovir can help you

You know your body better than anyone. And when it comes to oral herpes, your ability to recognize when an outbreak is about to occur helps you know precisely when you need treatment. 

If you can detect your early symptoms, the medication can stop the outbreak before it happens. And if valacyclovir can’t stop the outbreak, it may reduce a more moderate outbreak than you might have had otherwise.

More on genital herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that’s caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (HSV-2) and Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1). HSV-2 is the most frequent cause of symptomatic genital herpes; however, HSV-1 also commonly causes genital herpes. Genital herpes can be passed along with no physical symptoms on the skin or genital mucosa (1). And since it’s transmitted by skin to skin contact like sex, talking with your sexual partner becomes even more important. 

Genital herpes is a very common STI. The CDC estimates that about 12 percent of the population (ages 14–49) are infected with HSV-2 and there are approximately 776,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. 


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