As you already know many strains of herpes cannot be cured. Valtrex can't get rid of the virus but it can make your episode with it a lot more bearable and reduce the amount of time you have to deal with it. There are a few medications that work with herpes and Valtrex gets the job done. Valtrex works by controlling the symptoms of genital herpes, cold sores, herpes zoster, and some other types of herpes. Like many medications Valtrex does have some side effects and if for any reason this medicine affects you in a negative way you should contact your doctor. Though a virus like this is not something that makes one happy, you can be happy that there's a strong medication to fight for you called Valtrex. Like any kind of prescription drug please follow the prescribed plan that was given to you by your doctor or care physician. You should not use this medication for anything else other than what it was prescribed to you for. No more severe pain and misery caused from this virus, maybe just some discomfort.