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Herpes + STIs

I’m transgender. Is there anything I need to know before requesting a HPV home test kit?

Anyone with a vagina and cervix should be screened for HPV, regardless of gender identity. We recognize that many transgender and non-binary can feel uncomfortable or unsafe getting a pap smear, so a home HPV test may be a helpful and safe alternative.  Nurx’s HPV testing…

I’m transgender. Is there anything I need to know before requesting a STI home test kit?

When thinking about which Nurx STI kit to request, it can be helpful to think about what body parts you use for sex and make sure the kit you pick includes testing for those parts! For example, if you have receptive anal sex (bottom), make sure to include…

Who can use the Nurx HPV Test Kit?

Our medical team does not recommend routine HPV testing for women under the age of 25. HPV is a very common virus and for women under 25, the virus often clears on its own – without any treatment. Additionally, women under the age of 25 have a very low…

How much is the processing fee for herpes medication?

If prescribed, valacyclovir will be sent every 3 months with free shipping. If you pay with insurance and your plan limits you to a 1-month supply of medication at a time, we charge your credit card on file $5 per month for processing your monthly delivery. This fee…

How does herpes treatment with Nurx work?

If you have been diagnosed with herpes in the past, visit the Nurx website or download the Nurx app and answer a few questions about your health, including how frequently you experience oral or genital herpes outbreaks. Our medical provider team will review your health history and write…

How much does herpes treatment cost through Nurx?

Medical consultation: After you answer questions about your health you pay $15 for a medical consultation, during which a member of our healthcare team reviews your health profile and (if appropriate) writes you a prescription. The price of the medical consultation includes unlimited follow-up with the…

What type of herpes treatment does Nurx prescribe?

We prescribe valacyclovir (the generic version of Valtrex), a pill that is the most popular medication for treating or preventing herpes outbreaks. When taken at the start of a herpes outbreak, valacyclovir will decrease the intensity of symptoms, decrease the duration of the outbreak, and reduce…

Who can use the herpes service from Nurx?

We offer treatment to patients who have already been diagnosed with herpes by a healthcare provider or lab test. If you haven’t had a diagnosis but believe you may have herpes, we recommend that you see a local healthcare provider for evaluation the next time you have an…

What’s the difference between preventive and outbreak treatments for herpes?

For outbreak treatment, patients take a valacyclovir pill at the first sign of an outbreak (when you experience tingling, itching, burning, or whatever your typical first symptoms are), then take a second pill later in the same day. When taken at the start of a herpes outbreak,…

Why is the medication the same for oral and genital herpes?

The oral medication valacyclovir is an antiviral treatment for both types of herpes. Oral and genital herpes are caused by the two types of herpes virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Oral herpes is more often caused by HSV-1 infection, and genital herpes is associated with HSV-2…

Does Nurx prescribe herpes treatment to pregnant women?

Although Nurx does not replace comprehensive prenatal care, we do prescribe and deliver herpes medication to pregnant women. Valacyclovir is safe for pregnant women and their unborn children. Both oral and genital herpes can pose serious risks for a newborn baby, so if you are…

What Is Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that’s caused by one of two viruses — herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). This is a very common infection in the United States. It’s important to know how to recognize genital herpes and what you can do…

What Is Oral Herpes?

Oral herpes is a common infection that’s usually caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). People often contract oral herpes at a young age from the kiss of a friend or relative. Learn more about what oral herpes is, how it’s spread, and what you can do about it.

Can You Get Herpes from Oral Sex?

There are two types of herpes, both of which are common manageable infections that can be contracted through oral sex. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is more commonly associated with oral herpes, and HSV-2 is typically associated with genital herpes. However, both strains can cause oral…

How Long Does a Herpes Outbreak Last?

Herpes outbreaks usually last for about one to two weeks, though the first outbreak after infection may last longer. The symptoms typically go away on their own without treatment. However, there are at-home remedies and prescription treatments which may help to ease symptoms and shorten the length of outbreaks. Herpes…

Is Herpes Curable?

Herpes is not curable — once you have the virus, it never leaves your body. However, the virus can become dormant for long periods of time until something triggers an outbreak. Additionally, some people never experience symptoms from a herpes infection. Those who do have herpes outbreaks often find that…

Are Cold Sores the Same as Herpes?

Cold sores are a symptom of an oral herpes infection. They are usually caused by a type of herpes that primarily affects the area around the lips and mouth. These sores are very common and usually go away without treatment. However, the infection that causes cold sores…

What Does Herpes Look Like?

Herpes may cause sores in the area where an infection occurs, which is typically either the mouth and lips or the genitals. These sores often last for about a week or two and typically go away on their own, though at-home remedies and antiviral medications can help to relieve symptoms and…

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