There is no cure for genital herpes. However, there are rumors that a vaccine to prevent it is currently on its way. This may not help your friend, but if she has a partner that is afraid of contracting it, with the vaccine, he'd have nothing to worry about. This would make having the disease much easier to tell others since it is no longer going to be contracted by them. I'm sure eventually there will be a cure. For now there are foods like tomatoe, mangos, fish, etc. that you can eat that help outbreaks as well as foods to prevent like jello, nuts, etc. and there is valtrex to help prevent and stop the outbreaks from occuring as often as they would. Herpes isn't that big of a deal. Many people have it and don't even know it. Those that do eventually learn to cope with it and don't even think much about it.