Genital herpes and HIV

If the immune system is weakened, through HIV for example, genital herpes can be more serious and last longer. The chance of repeated attacks is also greater. In these cases, the treatment of genital herpes is often longer and more intensive.

It is easier to become infected with HIV if you have herpes. HIV is also more infectious in an HIV-positive person who is having a herpes attack.

With HIV infection, it is even more important to have safer sex or avoid sex during a herpes attack. People with HIV are advised to discuss their herpes infection with their HIV treatment provider.