Can Herpes Be Cured with Antibiotics?

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that has no known cure. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is much smaller and more difficult to treat than bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, so there is no way to completely eradicate the virus from the body. However, there are ways to prevent and manage outbreaks of genital herpes.

Daily use of antiviral medications can help prevent or shorten outbreaks, as well as reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others. These medications can also help control symptoms and make outbreaks less painful. In some cases, suppressive therapy may be recommended for those who experience frequent outbreaks. Research conducted by Akiko Iwasaki from Yale University in the US found that antibiotics may be effective in treating herpes in mice if administered four hours after infection.

However, these results have not been replicated in humans and further research is needed before antibiotics can be used to treat herpes in humans. It is important to note that having herpes can increase the risk of contracting HIV, as the sores caused by herpes can provide an entry point for the virus. For this reason, it is important for those in non-monogamous relationships to practice safe sex and use protection. If you have been diagnosed with genital herpes, it is important to tell your doctor or midwife so that they can monitor you during pregnancy and labor.