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                     Herpes NYC Treatment Center

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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called fever blisters. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes? People diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Genital herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many adults, and herpes infection can be severe in people with suppressed immune systems. Fortunately, infection of a baby from a woman with herpes infection is rare. A positive HSV-2 blood test most likely indicates a genital herpes infection.

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a virus that is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. There are two types of Herpes simplex viruses. HSV-1 usually affects the lips, and is often referred to as a fever blister, cold sore, or sun sore. It should not be confused with aphthous ulcers, which are small, white, tender ulcers, which affect the inside of the mouth.

The herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is the virus most frequently associated with gential herpes. It affects over 45 million people in the United States. HSV-2 usually affects the genital areas (the penis and the vagina.) Most (80%) HSV-2 positive people have some symptoms of the disease. However, only 20% of patients have the classical symptoms of genital blisters and burning.

Most patients (60%) have unrecognized symptoms, which they think of as yeast infections, jock itch, or irritation. Some patients (20%) have no symptoms of the virus at all. These people are called "asymptomatic shedders." Even if patients have no recognizable symptoms, they are still capable of spreading the disease to others. In fact, most HSV-2 appears to be transmitted from infected, but undiagnosed persons, or infected persons without any symptoms, who do not realize they are contagious.

Most cases of oral herpes are due to HSV-1, and most cases of genital herpes are due to HSV-2. But as oral sex has become more common, there are cases of HSV-1 that occur genitally, and HSV-2 that occur orally. However, 85-95% of recurrent genital herpes infections are HSV-2, and over 95% of HSV-2 infections occur genitally.

Diagnostic Laboratory Tests
There are four ways to diagnose HSV using laboratory techniques. The first is called a Tzanck Preparation, in which the roof of an intact blister is scraped, stained, and examined under the microscope for multinucleated cells

Although the results are available immediately, many patients do not have intact blisters, and the test itself cannot distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2.
The second test is to culture the fluid from an intact blister. The culture is sent to a laboratory, and after a few days, the results are available. However, the reliability of this test suffers also, because most patients do not have intact blisters.

The third test is called the POCkit HSV-2 Rapid Test. This ten-minute test, which needs only six drops of blood, works by detecting the presence of HSV-2 antibodies. Half the patients will develop detectable antibodies within two weeks of being exposed to herpes, and 80% will develop antibodies within one month. The POCkit test will not detect HSV-1 (cold sore) infections. Since HSV-2 infections can occur both orally and genitally, the test cannot identify the site of HSV-2 infections. But for most people, the benefits of having immediate results, make this test very popular.

The fourth test is a blood test. This is not an immediate test, and may take more than one week to obtain the results. Unlike any of the other tests, this blood test can distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2. This is important, because 70% of the population has had at least one fever blister, and is HSV-1 positive. This test can also distinguish between primary herpes (first episode) and recurrent herpes. By measuring IgM (which tests if herpes is currently present), and IgG (which tests if herpes has ever occured in the patient's life), this test can distinguish between primary and recurrent infections for both HSV-1 and HSV-2, whether a blister is present or not.


Zovirax,Valtrex and Famvir are oral medications that have proven to be the most effective in treating HSV outbreaks. If the patient has frequent outbreaks (greater than once every three months), the patient is treated "suppressively", and given medication every day.

 If the patient has infrequent outbreaks, the treatment is "episodic", and is started as soon as the patient develops any symptom.

Denivir is a topical medication that helps; but when used alone, it is not as effective as any of the oral medications.

What are cold sores and canker sores? Cold sores and canker sores are oral lesions that can cause pain and discomfort. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are painful, fluid-filled blisters that often appear in clusters and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Canker sores are shallow ulcers in the mouth that can make eating and talking uncomfortable.

How are cold sores and canker sores treated? Both cold sores and canker sores go away on their own and the pain generally lessens within a few days.  

Cold sores and canker sores can be treated with ointments, creams, rinses, and sometimes pills. These types of treatment can reduce healing time by one or two days and can lessen the uncomfortable symptoms.

If you notice the signs of a cold sore, such as a tingling, itching, or painful feeling around your mouth and lips, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment as soon as possible.

By catching the cold sore early, laser treatment can prevent it from breaking out. If you already have a cold sore, laser treatment will help the sore heal much faster and will reduce the discomfort.

While the herpes simplex virus cannot be cured, repeated laser therapy can prevent future cold sore outbreaks. Low level laser therapy can also lessen the pain from a canker sore and promote faster healing.

What are the benefits of using a laser to treat cold sores and canker sores?

Laser therapy stops the progression of the lesion
Cold sores and canker sores heal faster without further discomfort

Pain relief is immediate
Cold sores can be prevented if treated once the lips begin to tingle or itch
Laser energy destroys the virus that causes cold sores
Laser treatment takes just a few minutes and can be performed without anesthesia
Cold sores and canker sores reoccur with less intensity and frequency at the same location after laser treatment


Welcome to New York Herpes Treatment Center

Your Trusted Partner in Herpes Care

Location: 629 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Welcome to the New York Herpes Treatment Center, where your well-being is our top priority. Our compassionate team is dedicated to providing personalized care for individuals affected by herpes. We offer a range of treatment options, including proven antiviral pills all within a discreet and supportive environment.

Our Approach

At the New York Herpes Treatment Center, we understand the unique challenges associated with herpes, and our approach is centered around comprehensive and compassionate care. Our experienced healthcare professionals are committed to guiding you through every step of your treatment journey, ensuring that you receive the support you need.

Treatment Options

Antiviral Pills:
Proven Effectiveness: Medications like acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir have a proven track record in reducing the frequency and severity of herpes outbreaks.
Systemic Action: These pills work throughout the body to inhibit the replication of the herpes virus.

Laser Therapy:
Non-Invasive: Laser therapy offers a non-invasive alternative, utilizing light energy to potentially promote faster healing of herpes lesions.

Reduced Side Effects: Laser therapy is generally associated with minimal side effects, providing an option for those seeking alternative approaches.

Limited Research: The research on the effectiveness of laser therapy for herpes is still relatively limited compared to antiviral medications.

Varied Results: The outcomes of laser therapy can vary among individuals, and its effectiveness may be influenced by factors such as the specific laser used and the timing of treatment.

Important Update: No Longer Offering Laser Therapy

After careful consideration and review of research findings, we want to inform our patients that the New York Herpes Treatment Center no longer offers laser therapy for herpes treatment.

Despite initial interest, the mixed results and evolving research landscape have led us to prioritize other effective and well-established treatment options.

Additional Services
Diagnostic Services: Accurate and confidential testing for herpes simplex virus (HSV) to guide personalized treatment plans.

Counseling and Support: Individual and group counseling sessions to address emotional and psychological aspects, fostering a sense of community.
Education and Prevention: Comprehensive education on herpes management, transmission, and preventive measures.

Your Privacy Matters

We understand the importance of privacy. Our facility is designed to provide a secure and confidential environment for all our patients. Your personal information is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

Contact Information

Visit us at 629 Park Avenue, New York, and take the first step towards a healthier, more confident you. To schedule an appointment or inquire about our services, please call us at 212-644-4484 or email us at info@nycdermatologist.com.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

At the New York Herpes Treatment Center, we are dedicated to supporting you on your journey to wellness.

Our team is here to provide the care and guidance you need for a better quality of life.

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