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Valacyclovir for genital herpes at less than $1/day* (on a recurring plan), if prescribed

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About genital herpes and ways to treat it

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is typically associated with cold sores, while HSV-2 most commonly causes genital herpes. However, either type of HSV can cause genital herpes. There’s currently no cure for genital herpes. But we have some good news; there's genital herpes treatments available, such as antiviral medications like valacyclovir, that help prevent and shorten outbreaks.

Researchers are still trying to fully understand genital herpes outbreaks. However, there’s some lifestyle and health factors that can be common triggers. Those include fatigue, illness, a weakened immune system, and even stress.

However, the symptoms of genital herpes can vary from person to person. Some people may have no symptoms, while others may experience mild or severe symptoms. The most common genital herpes symptoms you can expect when you have an outbreak are:

  • Painful blisters or ulcers in the genital area

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Body aches

  • Headache

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin area

The symptoms of genital herpes usually last for a week or two. However, the virus will remain in the body and may not cause symptoms for months or years.

The most common treatment for genital herpes is oral antiviral medication like valacyclovir (generic Valtrex). Antiviral medication can help shorten an outbreak's duration and reduce the risk of transmission to others. Some people may need to take antiviral medication on a long-term basis to reduce the risk of outbreaks.

Clinically proven treatment for genital herpes

Depending on how frequently you have outbreaks

Cold Sores Genital Herpes Valacyclovir in Ro bottle

Frequent outbreaks


Starting at $29/month on a recurring plan*

Taken daily, valacyclovir can reduce how often you experience outbreaks and reduce the risk of giving herpes to a partner by about 50% (when used with safe sex practices). Learn more about valacyclovir.

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Your first herpes outbreak should be diagnosed by an in-person medical provider.

Cold Sores Genital Herpes Valacyclovir in Ro bottle

Occasional outbreaks


Starting at $14/month on a recurring plan*

When taken at the first signs of an outbreak, valacyclovir can shorten an outbreak and help it heal faster. Learn more about valacyclovir.

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Your first herpes outbreak should be diagnosed by an in-person medical provider.

How Ro works

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    Online visit

    Share your symptoms and medical history in the free online visit. A US-licensed healthcare provider will review your information and will typically get back to you within 24 hours.

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    Free and discreet deliveries

    If prescribed, your treatment will arrive at your door in discreet packaging.

  3. Work with your Ro-affiliated provider to find the best treatment plan for your lifestyle.


    Ongoing care

    Send your provider a message at any time to discuss updating your treatment, address side effects, or answer other treatment-related questions or concerns.

From the experts at Ro

Learn more about genital herpes

FAQs about treating genital herpes

Ro-affiliated healthcare professionals prescribe valacyclovir (generic Valtrex) to treat genital herpes. When used properly, this medication can help prevent and clear up herpes outbreaks.

Genital herpes medication is available and works extremely well if used at the first sign of an outbreak. But it requires you to dedicate the time to learn about your condition and work with your physician or nurse practitioner to craft the ideal, personalized treatment plan.

When you do, you can identify the first indication of your specific symptoms (prodrome) and use your medication to shorten or stop the outbreak from occurring.

Common side effects include headache, nausea, and stomach pain. More serious side effects can occur and are more likely if you have a weakened immune system or are elderly.

For more comprehensive information on side effects that can occur with valacyclovir, see full Important safety information here.

Yes. If your genital herpes has been diagnosed previously by an in-person provider, providers on the Ro platform can prescribe medication and help you dial in the most effective treatment plan for your unique needs.

No. But you need to have your genital herpes previously diagnosed by an in-person provider.

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