J.R. is a 36-year-old white, middle-class woman who has been sexually active with one partner for the past 2 years. She and her partner have no history of STIs, but her partner has a history of fever blisters. She reports genital pain, genital vesicles and ulcers, and fever and malaise for the last 3 days. Examination reveals adenopathy and vaginal and cervical lesions.
- What drug therapy would you prescribe? Why?
- What are the parameters for monitoring the success of the therapy?
- Discuss specific education for J.R. based on the diagnosis and prescribed therapy.
- Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources.
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In conclusion, the drug therapy for herpes helps reduce the severity of the symptoms, heightens the healing process of the lesions, and reduces the infectivity and shredding of the virus. Although there is no cure for this STI, the recommended drug therapy of acyclovir for the short term is effective, but long-term use can lead to drug resistance. Therefore, constant monitoring of the lesions is crucial to determine how best to assist the patient.