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

Last updated on September 30, 2020

Both cold sores (caused by oral herpes) and genital herpes can be caused by the same family of viruses, which include: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Valacyclovir can be used to treat both infections.

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