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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are incredibly common. In fact, there are 20 million new STI cases in the United States per year, and nearly half of these occur in young people aged 15 – 24.

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…

How Common Is Herpes?

You may be surprised to learn that herpes is quite common in the United States, and herpesvirus infections are widespread. There is no known cure for herpes, and no matter which strain is contracted, it is a lifelong condition. Antiviral treatments help reduce outbreak length and severity, and the adherence…

How Do You Test for Herpes?

Your local healthcare provider can test for herpes by swabbing a sore, if present, or by doing a blood test. Physicians don’t routinely test for herpes unless a patient has a visible sore or other symptoms. If you’re concerned that you may have this STI, a herpes test is the…

Can You Get Herpes from Kissing?

It is possible to get herpes from kissing as well as from other types of oral contact with the virus. There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-1 is associated with oral herpes and is easily spread through kissing. HSV-2 causes genital herpes. It is unlikely that you…

Do Men and Women Have Different Syphilis Symptoms?

Men and women are both at risk of contracting syphilis, and both experience the same stages and symptoms. Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread primarily through sexual contact and is classified as a sexually transmitted infection that can be cured if it’s detected in its early stages. The number of…

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