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Study: Drug Helps Prevent Spread of Herpes

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Study: Drug Helps Prevent Spread of Herpes

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Study: Drug Helps Prevent Spread of Herpes

Study: Drug Helps Prevent Spread of Herpes

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Daily treatment with the drug valacyclovir dramatically reduces the risk of getting genital herpes, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that new herpes infections were 50 percent lower among monogamous couples using the drug. Researchers say similar drugs may help prevent the transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases. NPR's Richard Knox reports.

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