HSV-1 stays in your body, permanently, in an inactive state once youre infected. Certain triggers, such as stress, may periodically reactivate the virus and lead to recurrent symptoms and outbreaks.
What happens if you get HSV-1 on genitals?
If HSV-1 enters the body in the genital area, it can cause a genital herpes infection — and likewise, if HSV-2 enters the body in the facial area, it can cause an oral herpes infection. Using condoms and dental dams during oral sex reduces risk of herpes transmission.
How do you get rid of HSV-1 on genitals?
Genital herpes cannot be cured. Antiviral medicine (acyclovir and related drugs) may relieve pain and discomfort and help the outbreak go away faster. It may also reduce the number of outbreaks. Follow your providers instructions about how to take this medicine if it has been prescribed.