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February 25th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

When will we see a herpes cure?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Lloyd Bartley, Bowling Green, Kentucky

“How close are scientists to developing a cure for herpes, figuratively speaking will we be seeing a break through in 10, 20, or even 30 years?”

Answer:

Well, Lloyd, there is good news and bad news on the herpes front. The good news: Researchers have made serious strides and now better understand the mechanism behind herpes outbreaks. The bad news: There is very little funding for that research.

After receiving your question we reached out to a leading herpes expert, Bryan Cullen, the director at the Center for Virology at Duke University. Cullen is hopeful that a cure for herpes could come within 10 years, once funding hurdles are crossed.

Nearly one in five people over age 12 in the U.S. is affected by herpes. It is caused by a virus - either the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both strains can cause genital herpes, but HSV-1 usually infects the mouth and produces cold sores.

Despite funding challenges, Cullen and his team are inching closer to a cure. They conducted a study recently that identified the pathway herpes takes as it infects. They now know how herpes embeds itself into the cells and how it eludes treatment. Now that they have honed in on the physiology of the disease - and its triggers - researchers believe they are steps closer to creating drugs that could cure herpes.

While we wait for a cure, there are drugs out there that can at least suppress herpes. Three antiviral drugs: acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are commonly recommended to quell outbreaks. A physician might recommend taking these drugs when an outbreak occurs to quiet symptoms; or taking them continuously to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak.

And of course the best way to avoid spreading herpes is to abstain from sex, but if you are sexually active, engage in safe-sex practices such as using condoms.

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  1. peter

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    • kimberly nancy

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      January 15, 2017 at 04:41 | Report abuse |
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    December 23, 2016 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
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  14. john williams

    Hi everyone I want to appreciate the great work of Dr joel, I have been diagnose of herpes infection for a period of 2years,I’ve lose all hope that there is no cure and I have been taken medicine to sustain myself till I got to know about Dr. joel through a friend who he cured of Hiv. I contacted him and he sent me a Herbal Medicine which I took as prescribed for some period of days and I went to the hospital after consuming the Herbal medicine and I was confirmed Herpes Negative after 2 years of being positive, it is indeed a miracle, Dr joel is a great man, I have heard so much about how he has help lot of people, if you have any issue you can contact him for help. Email: drjoelhome@gmail.com or you whatsapp him on +2349063798253 While I was on his medication I understood that he can also cure HERPES, HIV/AIDS, ASEPSIS, CANCER, Male/female menopause, Miscarriage, Menstruation problem and many more. Contact him today and get your problem solved

    January 17, 2017 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jia huisheng

    Learning that you have HERPES can be one of the most difficult experiences you go through in life. You may feel scared, sad or even angry – this is OK, and a completely natural part of coping with something that can be life changing.

    It will probably take a while for the news to sink in.

    I remember spending so much money buying drugs like OTC painkillers – acetaminophen or ibuprofen from hospitals hoping that i will be cured, but all to no avail. I contacted so many doctors and they prescribe Antiviral, such as Acyclovir., which they indeed tried their best but was unable to provide for me a possible cure, luckily a good friend of mine told me about a herbal doctor, (Dr.Hazim Usman). At first i never wanted to contact him because i have been fraud by lots of online scam. After much chat and enquiry with the doctor, i decide to take a leap of faith because i have nothing to loose.

    To my greatest surprise, Dr.Hazim Usman NEVER DEMANDED FOR AN UPFRONT FEE when i contacted him. All he did was to give me a Herbal Medicine and guidelines on how i am to take them. I followed all procedures as instructed, and after 11 days i went back for a check up, and i was tested NEGATIVE of Genital Herpes.

    I just want to encourage all individuals out there living with Genital Herpes, That there is still a huge chance that you can get well again. You can contact Dr. Hazim Usman using his email (usman drhazim@gmail.com). Call or Whatsapp on: +234 9066143099

    Doctor Hazim Usman will never ask you for an upfront fee payment.

    BEWARE OF FRAUDSTERS ONLINE.

    January 17, 2017 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
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