Drug update

Antiviral management of genital herpes

Ian Denham



The ’ciclovirs’ are extraordinarily effective and safe therapies for genital herpes, and are probably underused.

Article Extract

It has been 23 years since aciclovir was introduced into clinical practice and, despite its low bioavailability necessitating frequent dosing, it has a gained a reputation as an effective and safe agent for the management of genital herpes. More recent introductions to the antiviral market for genital herpes are famciclovir (Famvir) and valaciclovir (Valtrex).